|I just went through this with my son's HP laptop. Of course, he had not made the Recovery discs, so when his system went to lala land, we were at a loss as to how we could 'recover' it. I finally went back to HP's site and spent a half hour or more poring through the Support screens. I was finally able to find a place to order a FREE copy of the full XP Home Setup CD! With this in hand, you are assured of being able to do any sort of restore, including a Repair install. |
He merely reformatted and reinstalled the OS, not bothering with the hidden Recovery partition. It didn't seem to be very large, and he said he had more disc space than he knew what to do with, anyway. Check with HP. Get the FREE setup CD and go from there. Just backup anything you can't live without first. HP seems to be much more user-friendly than some OEM's, tho I understand that Dell does it, too. Hidden partition's really suck.
I hope this helps a bit.
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