Originally Posted by grey_1
Lol, the coffee hadn't reached my fingers yet. A default "windows" install gives the same warning about non-standard partitions. Should have remembered to mention that...
I think I know what you are getting at now.
My copy of windows (the installation CD) is from 2001, when XP was first released. Thus it has no updates of any sort. It is as barebones basic a copy of XP Pro as you can get. Would that be why the recovery console didn't work?