I want to reformat my hardrive and start from scratch. But in order to do that my computer needs to be able to boot up on its own. In my case it doesn't do that. I have win 98 and an HP Pavillion and I don't know what to do. I can only boot it up by choosing what to boot in the menu where it has to choose to boot in normal, safe, etc... And to reformat I need to be able to shutdown my computer with the recovery disk in it and have it boot up on its own. I don't know what to do. I've asked a lot of people and been to a lot of websites and they've never encountered this problem before. It just boots to this screen saying windows is now starting you ms-dos based program with some other stuff and just sits there.