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hi, i have a hp pavilion (model t819.es). I want to restor the system do it's factory settings but...
1- I have no recovery DVD
2- Can't get one (oldish model and they won't send one)
3- The recovery programme (F10 on startup screen) won't work for whatever reason.

The only saving grace is that i still have the recovery partition untouched, is there a way to make a recovery disk myself using these files?

any help would be greatly aprreciated. Thanks
 

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thanks for the reply but i already checked this out, this only works as long as you have the operating system the pc came with on and i don't. Also can't because it is a hp modified version so the only way is to somehow be able to use the hprecovery partition, but i don't really know what to do, i have installed partition magic and told it to boot using the recovery partition but when it restarted it just came back into xp.
 

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Your first problem is using Partition Magic, all it does is screw-up everything. Since this is a HP modified version can I assume that you have no legal operating system install disks for thsi computer?
 

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Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the F10 key repeatedly until a Recovery Screen appears. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times.

Follow the onscreen instructions from there. This will take your computer back to when you first purchased it.
 

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if you messed up your recovery partition, and you did not create the recovery dvds as suggested when you first purchased the computer, then you will have to purchase a replacement set from hp. You will not be able to recover your pc without them.
 

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The only other thing to do is visit the local computer store and purchase a new retail copy of which ever windows xp that you need Home or Pro. Will cost between $100.00 approx to around $200.00 approx.
 
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