I have windows 8.1 1on my pc but lost my startup disks. i have a burned cd rom of windows x p red but when i try to recover the system with it i get message that i my hard drive might be corrupt and i cant get it to take on my system
Windows XP and Windows 8.1 - nothing between them is compatible, so if you had 8.1, XP things will not work, I am afraid.
- what kind of issues you have or had which make you want to reinstall Windows (perform a recovery) ?
- if you did try with the XP disc and got a HDD message from it or BSOD screen, I suspect the message was related to completely different thing but still, can you try to test the HDD ? Esc/F2 method as described here > http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467259