If the built in recovery system isn't working, try this...
Your PC should be supported by the HP cloud recovery tool, which by using another Windows PC with W7 64 bit or newer and a 32 GB USB flash drive, you can make a bootable USB recovery drive that will reinstall W10, the drivers and the software that originally came with your PC.
Here is an info link for how to use that utility...
Found the solution... used diskpart to assign drive letter c to the windows partition,
select drive 0
select volume <#>
I think I remembered the commands used to do this, but I may have some wrong. Used help within diskpart to find the commands to set the volume with the correct drive letter, volume was marked as Windows. Hope this might help others that run into this issue.
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