The reason that MS doesn't write what to type at the recovery console is simple. What one does there depends on what damage was done to the OS or what effect you want.
There is no "fixmachine /all" command at the recovery console. We can run CHKDSK, stop services from running and more, but given what you've written I can't tell what the damage is.
Why? You didn't share the error message in a "quoted" format. And even then I may just see what google.com has to offer on that error message. Be sure to look at google groups too.
In closing, HISTORY about how you think your machine got to such a state is important. Some change motherboards and don't tell. Some run Kazaa.
My computer recently crashed and has given me a windows\system32\config\system error during boot and will not allow me to start in safe mode or any other mode. I have loaded the XP PRO CD Rom to load the recovery console. When it boots from the CD and i get the option to install full version or type R for repair i hit R. The next screen appears and says enter the recovery console you would like to enter (edit) or hit enter to exit. I have no idea what to type at this point because there is no list of operating systems associated with a number (what do i type here?).
I have tried every number (because i am limited to one character) and the only one that does anything is number 1 when i hit 1 enter the machine goes to a blue error screeen and will not enter the recovery console.
Please help me get past this screen.
I have already viewed all of microsofts write ups but they do not indicate what to type once in the recovery module.