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03-May-2011, 08:08 PM #1
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Alright. I have a Compaq Presario with windows XP on it that I want to restore like it just came out of the factory. I don't have any money for a new disk for it, let alone a new computer, but it wont even go to the windows start up screen anymore. I can press F11, but I can't find anything that has to do with restoration for it. I don't care about backing up anything, I just want my computer to work again. Can someone please help?
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03-May-2011, 10:22 PM #2
Try F10. That is access to the recovery partition on the Compaq I've been working on for the last 2 days. If that works, you will get all the crapware that comes with the machine from the factory.

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04-May-2011, 01:47 AM #3
I concur with raybro. Store bought rigs almost always have a special partition on their hard drives that has a complete package of everything that your machine came with. The trick is finding out which magic key to press while you boot up to access it. Just think, years ago, I used to delete those partitions when I did clean installs on people's machines. Oh, dopey me! :P Bad, Cyber! Bad! hehehe...
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04-May-2011, 07:51 AM #4
What's the model number of that Compaq Presario?

If you don't know for sure, look at the HP sticker and advise what the product number is.

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Depending on how old that computer is, it either came with a recovery CD kit or it came with a built-in recovery partition.

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