Startup your Computer and Press the F10 key during boot at the beginning
from the Start menu select:
Start > All Programs > Compaq > Compaq PC Tools > Compaq System Recovery
Start > All Programs > Compaq > Compaq Presario PC Tools > Compaq System Recovery
Start > All Programs > PC Help & Tools > Compaq System Recovery.
Windows® XP will restart (a reminder to use System Restore might appear - click Yes to continue the restart).
The PC will load the Compaq System Recovery. In the recovery program there are 2 methods which can be used to recover the PC:
Non-Destructive System Recovery.
This should restore the system without affecting the user's data.
Press Next. The user is prompted to try System Restore first. Press Yes. Recovery will now begin.
Destructive System Recovery.
This method will format the hard drive and remove any personal data and applications. This will use a Quick Format only.
Click Advanced Options from the first recovery screen shown. Press Next to begin.
If method 1 does not work, then try the one below:
Pressing F11 key during boot up will trigger the recovery menu.
If you have a recovery partition (as is normal) then you will be able to use it to recover your system to factory defaults.
If pressing F11 does not work and you are sure that you do have a recovery partition then you may need to activate F11. To do that try this:
To activate if F11 does not help to start recovery.
START > Control Panel > Administrative tools
START > run > compmgmt.msc and press enter
then select Disk management
Identify your recovery partition and mark the partition as Active.
Restart the PC.
☺ When everything else fails, read the instructions.