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How to reinstall Windows without a CD on Compaq Presario

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Some PCs have a restore area separate from the boot partition. And the same PCs do not provide a Windows CD with the PC. I believe some HPs are like this.

In any case I need to do a scratch/reformat install of Windows XP on a three year old Compaq Presario.The Windows CD was either never provided or has been lost.  Does this PC have this restore area created by Compaq? If so, please provide directions on how to get the restore started. As I recall at reboot the screen says press some function key and then let's you reformat and reinstall the PC to the state it was in when it was shipped to the customer.

Please note this question is specific to three year old Compaq Presarios with XP Home installed. I am not looking for general advice on this topic. i.e I want to know if these specified PCs have the restore area on the HD and how to use it. And that is all I want to know.

OR please reply with how in 5 minutes tops I can find out if the restore area is there. i.e what should I look for (BTW the PC does boot). i.e Do I go to My Computer and look for a 2nd HD partition called (YOU TELL ME, THAT IS WHAT I WANT IN REPLY). i.e if a 2nd HD partiion with the NAME YOU REPLY WITH is there then that means that I do NOT need the CD to do the reformat install. That info would ALSO be useful to me even if you do not know the steps at reboot to make use of it.

Please note that this is REALLY more of a Compaq Presario question than a Windows XP question; however I could not find a better place to post this question at in EE.

  Michael Gross

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