|Which 'recovery screen' do you mean? The 'safe menu', or the one where you can choose 'repair my computer' or 'start as normal'?|
I'm guessing that the 'recovery CDs' you have are the ones you create when you first got the laptop? In which case they probably won't help with a repair. They may let you reinstall the machine as it was when you first got it, but it depends on how they wee designed as to whether you get to save a copy of your data.
Do you know anyone else with a Vista machine? You can create a 'rescue disk' using their system which will give basic boot functionality that yours may have lost to allow you to repair the boot files or use system restore.
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