"Out of box" restore means it will be exactly like the computer came from the factory. The drive gets wiped and the original OS, utilities, trial versions of programs and everything it had when it came "out of the box" when you got it home from the store.
support page for your computer.http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product...ng=en&cc=us
This model has a utility to make recovery disks. If you cannot boot though you can't make them.
Choose software and drivers downloads, winxp, and look down the column for the XP MCE SP2 51NAsyEPT3 Recovery Kit.
You should read the entry below that one as well.
I have one similar to this scheduled for a wipe and restore next week. It has a huge amount of HP utilities included and should also be able to detect the tv tuner and install the correct version. The documentation on the hp media center pc's has a hole where the tuners are since some shipped with them and some did not and even the shipped ones used several different capture and mpeg cards.
Also: Follow this link if you are thinking of upgrading to win7. HP has a driver dvd that can be used with the win7 upgrade in some cases.http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...;product=443756