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#1 Crackz0r

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:51 PM

Hello all

So I've got a laptop that I've installed win xp on. Problem is i believe that Recovery partition of the hard drive is selected as primary so I cannot boot into windows, just goes right to the recovery console (HP). Is there a way (besides from bios) that I can switch my XP partition to be primary boot partition so that I can actually boot into windows.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:03 PM

What kind of laptop are we dealing with here and. Did you Re-install windows or install windows XP over the previous factory installation. If its the latter you can just format the drive and get rid of the recovery partition if you have all the drivers. Since you didn't need it to install windows XP you probably wont need it in the future. What was the drive letter that windows installed to?
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:27 PM

Its an HP laptop. I reformatted the original factory installation of XP due to an ongoing problem that needed to be taken care of. My only concern in formatting over the recovery partition is this is not my laptop, it is a friends and id rather not remove anything that may be beneficial to her in the future. She also doesnot have any of the recovery CDs.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 08:20 AM

Try restoring the Computer using the recovery partition. Did windows install to the C:directory?
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:01 PM

no the recovery partition become the active C: and windows became the D: subsequently.

I did as you said above I formatted the recovery partition, installed windows, now its fine, I'll just have her order the recovery cds just in case she might need them down the line. Installing all her drivers now, but HP makes that easy at least by giving them the serial number and getting the exact drivers you need for download.

Thanks for the help, much appreciated.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:16 PM

Glad I could help. You may run into a problem with HP they may require the owner to order the Cd's. Dell does that.
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