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Old 02-27-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Alright, essentially, I need to reformat my computer, but Windows came preinstalled, so I don't have an installation disk. I have an HP Pavillion. How would I go about doing this?

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did you get recovery discs with the HP if you bought it new? if so load the first disk into the CD drive and reboot the pc it should boot from the recovery disk and walk you thru a reinstall.

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did you get recovery discs with the HP if you bought it new? if so load the first disk into the CD drive and reboot the pc it should boot from the recovery disk and walk you thru a reinstall.
only ones i can find are from an old old old computer i had.

is there a way to do this without them? or at least a way i can somehow purchase them?
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The other option is that you buy a windows xp disk from a computer store.
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The other option is that you buy a windows xp disk from a computer store.
Would it not be possible to borrow one from a friend or something along those lines?
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Ok couple of options here:
1) HP Recovery partition
Some HP computers come with what is called a recovery partition. To check iof you have one, when u start your PC, just after the option to boot from CD(After BIOS screen), it might offer you a option to use "recovery wizard" or something to do with recovery and says press F11.. See if this is an option. It restores the PC to factory default without needing discs.
2) Order disc from HP.
If you are the original owner of the PC, you might be able to phone HP and ask them to send you a copy at a nominal rate... about $20 or so.
3) Borrow disc
ONLY if you have the CoA sticker with a Product key (25character Alphanumerical code).
You can use the disc but with your code only. You cannot use their code
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Oh and another thing, do you have an i386 folder on your computer?
(Use the serach function from the start menu)
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Khalian - is this the same computer for which you've posted for help in the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help section?
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Unfortunately and surprisingly, no.
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I've been waiting for you to carry out the instructions in your thread, or give me some sort of reply. http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-350780.html

If you no longer require assistance, kindly let me know so I may move on to help others. :)

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