|... did you upgrade vista with win7 or was it a clean install?|
... I'm asking incase you still have "Recovery Manager" in your programs listing
... I assume you were refering to a hidden recovery partition with vista embedded "...recovery disc which is built in to the laptop ..."
... if its there one should be able to access it!
... HP shows the method in "Response Number 1" (blue lnk) ... I'm guessing they expect you to create recovery disks (dvd/cd's) through the "Recovery Manager" not many people do.
... you could try tapping <F8> key @ bootup select "repair" and you might end up here >> View advanced options for system recovery and support << click (fig 8) HP does not mention this.
... in fig 9 some main brand vendors incorporate a complete factory restore button there also.
... the upper market vista's do (not home)
... are you sure you have the recovery partition?
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