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I am familiar with how to add the XP Recovery Console as a boot option to the LOCAL active disk (c:), that is not a problem:

winnt32.exe /cmdcons

Question is, how to add it to an offline system, for example a D: drive I mounted via USB adapter because its copy of XP suffers bootup problems when inside its home laptop?

For starters I could edit its boot.ini with a fake new entry (last line):

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

Of course C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT doesn't exist so that goes nowhere.

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Why can't you run the Recovery Console on that laptop from the XP Setup disc itself? – Karan Nov 24 '12 at 23:19
That was to come up sooner or later. The XP setup CD doesn't offer it when it is needed--only to delete/overwrite the partition, no Repair Install option either. Still, embedding the Recovery Console into the harddisk as a boot option (independent of CD or USB drives) is its own question. – Marcos Nov 25 '12 at 10:12

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