|As i said earlier - in the typical recovery partition the files are sldom viewable... That partition is created by the manufacturer and is meant to be reasonably secure - against poking around and even messing up the whole collection.|
I would restore it to Vista if possible. And then tweak Vista to approximate (resemble almost completely) XP. I seem to recall there were a few very simple things to do and then it looked like XP and worked as such.
From hp manual...
Initiating a recovery from the hard drive recovery partition
To initiate a recovery from the hard drive recovery partition, follow these steps:
1. Back up all personal files.
2. Restart the computer, and then press f8 before the Windows operating system loads.
3. Click a recovery option, and then click Next.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
See if it work; as you have nothing to lose?
If there are files, photos etc. on the drive that might be saved... Copy them to dvd first. And check the copies on at least one other working system.
Bearing in mind support for XP stops in April but for Vista continues (at least for now...), installing XP might not be the best choice. If (when...) you get Vista back in OK... Be sure to install MS security essentials package too. It's a reasonable package, and will be easier for the intended user(s) to manage - in terms of updates?
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