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Old 06-08-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Okay, so the "family computer" in my house (not the one I use) has some issues. My sister inadverdantly installed Vista over the stable version of XP I had running for them on the computer, 'cause she isn't at all computer savvy. All the files and settings, program files, etc., were fortunately retained, and I have them on my external drive. I've managed to install a version of XP that, while functional, does not contain any of the factory-installed drivers, programs, and settings that were running on the computer, and I cannot install them from the files I have on my external drive. Right now, the NTFS volume doesn't contain much beyond what is required for XP to run. The computer itself is a Hewlett Packard desktop that did not come with any type of recovery disks, nor did I bother to make any. However, it does contain a recovery partition (The FAT32 volume, D:\).

So when they first got the computer I could press F10 during the boot and start the recovery process (Which I've had to several times in the past.). However, now pressing F10 does absolutely nothing. I have no idea why it won't start the recovery process. I have made sure that the recovery partition is exactly the same as when it came out of the factory (I've never been able to re-write the files or format the drive, so I expect this is so).

In a nutshell, I want to force a system recovery to run on the computer from the recovery partition, in order to restore factory settings. How?

Also, I want to restore the ability to run the system recovery console during boot. This probably means using the registry editor.

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Old 06-08-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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What model is it?
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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not all computers have the same system recovery button.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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not all computers have the same system recovery button.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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Two corrections: It's actually a Gateway. My bad. I got it confused with the old HP we used to have. And the recovery prompt was actually F11.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:55 AM   #6
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so did you try pressing F11?

did it work?
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:12 PM   #7
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Fixed it, boys n' girls. For further reference, what I had to do was restore a folder in the windows directory that controlled the system recovery process, then execute the system recovery using one of the files. Not pro, but adequate.
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