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Recovering during startup
- Turn on the PC.
- Just after the first screen appears (the logo screen), press the F10 key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears.
Originally posted by DarkHelmet
I do not have a sytem restore disk,
# Restart the computer.
# As the computer restarts, begin pressing the F8 key after the Gateway BIOS logo appears until the Windows Advanced Options Menu screen appears.
# On the Windows Advanced Options Menu screen, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and then press the ENTER key.
# On the Please select the operating system to start screen, select the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, and then press ENTER.
# At the login screen, log on as the administrator or a user who has administrator rights.
# At the command prompt, type: c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe. Press ENTER.
Note: If Windows has not been reinstalled, the folder is c:\winnt\system32\restore\rstrui.exe.
# The graphical user interface (GUI)-based System Restore utility is launched. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin restoring your computer to a previous, functional state.
HP Pavilions that ship with Windows XP do not always come with recovery CDs. Instead, they use a hidden space (partition) on the hard drive to store the recovery information. Using a hidden partition provides a convenient, more stable recovery process.