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Hello.
I have an HP Pavilion dv6000 and run Windows Visa Home Edition.

I wanted to restore my laptop to its factory settings but the Recovery Manager wouldn't work. When I clicked on it it would just restart the computer without anything else happening. I then right clicked on the computer >manage> disk manager and made the recovery partition active. When I rebooted the computer it began showing:
Bootmgr is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete
Which of course leads back to the same message after te computer reboots. I can't access F8 key. Only F10 (Bios) works. I don't have a recovery or installation CD as it didn't come with the laptop when I purchased it.
Is there anyway I can change the active partition back to the C drive, this disabling the recovery partition? I read that it was possible to access disk manager from cmd prompt window, but I don't know how to access it since the F8 key won't work (makes just a bipping noise when pressed)?
I am also out of the country so can't mail my laptop to HP to have it fixed. Any ideas?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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 Scroll down on the page and get> Bootable CD ISO and> ImgBurn to burn the iso image to cd-a guide on using ImgBurn to write an ISO to a disc is Here. Once created, boot from it and use to change active partition.

 

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If you get back into Vista ,burn your Recovery DVD set. The instructions here are for Win 7 machines but same basic process for Vista:

 

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01867124

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Ok thanks. Will try this tomorrow or Monday and get back to you.
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I have a question: can I just mount the ISO on a USB key or external HD instead of burning onto a CD? Will the computer be able to read from there?
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You will need to create a bootable flash drive using the ISO.Do some research on creating a bootable flash drive from ISO file.

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Thank You! It worked like a charm. I don't know why the CD i created didn't boot, but when I made a bootable flash drive it went smoothly. Anyway, thanks again for your help, you've made my day :)

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You're very welcome! Don't forget to burn your Recovery DVD set. Instructions here are for Win 7 machines but same process for Vista:

 

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Hey Cheryl,

 

I booted from the CD and I activated Partition C, but when it restarted, it says:
Windows failed to start.  A recent hardware or soft ware change might be the cause.  To fix the problem:

 

          1.  Insert your Windows Installation disc and restart your computer.

          2.  Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."

          3.  Click "Repair your computer."

 

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

 

                   File:  \Boot\BCD
                   Status:  0xc000000f

                   Info:  An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER=Continue                                                                                                                                                                                 ESC=Exit

 

And I don't have the installation disc. What should I do?

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Hello TunaCutter,

 

I see that you are having start up problems with your computer. I have a couple of suggestions that may help with this issue.

 

I would try accessing the recovery manager. To do this tap the "F11" key as soon as you start up the computer.

 

If you are able to access the recovery manager you can try and do a Microsoft system restore. 

 

Let me know what happens.

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