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Hp Comp With Xp Home Problems

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#1 Demon Cleaner

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 02:19 PM

i have just installed xp pro on to my hp pc w5151.uk but now cant use the recovery partition to take it back to home as there are no hp programs on the pc anymore to do a recovery.i had not made any discs either(stupid i know).is there any way i can get into the partition to run the recovery with a program or make the pc boot from the partition?i have got some discs from another hp pc but dont know whether this will work.any help would be appreciated!!!

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 04:03 PM

The recovery files in the partition are for whatever version of Windows was originally installed on the PC, so I don't know whether using them for XPPro is a good idea. If you installed XPP, then you should have the disks for that version, and you can use those.
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:11 PM

The recovery CD's from HP are customized for each system - you'll need the disks that were made for your machine in order to restore it. If you restore it, it'll go back to XPHome (just like the first time that you bought it home from the shop).

In the US the disks are fairly cheap (less than $20, shipping included) and are delivered within 4 or 5 days.

If you're looking to backup your XPPro, you'll have to get a disk imaging or cloning program to do this.

On the recovery partition of your HP drive are several folders with little locks on them - you'll have to gain access to them if you want to launch recovery from there. Unfortunately, I'm unsure about what locking scheme that HP uses.
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:33 PM

F10 is the default key to boot into the recovery partition after the HP Logo/BIOS screen. Although if the XP setup overwrote the master boot record, or you removed the partition during setup, that won't help you much. If you can't get it to boot into the recovery partition I would recommend usasma's suggestion and order the recovery disk set directly from HP. Easy way to do this is to go to http://partsurfer.hp.com , enter in your model number and look for Recovery Kit.

Or, if all you want to do is remove XP Pro and put on vanilla XP Home, you can just use an XP Home OEM disk and use the XP Home product key attached to the case. (The disk must be OEM, a retail [storebought] disk will not work.)
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