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Windows 7 will not allow me to recovery to factory settings

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MY  DVD's will not work to recover system setup.   F11 does not work at all .. I still have the recover partition on my hard drive... Should I reformt my hard drive and use my recovery disks to get back Vista ??? This is a good one... Can someone please help me ....
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Download Copywipe for DOS and burn to CD.  Reboot with this CD to zero-fill the hard drive.  Now use the Vista recovery CDs to reload Vista.

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You can try this...it might work if you've not deleted the "hidden" files.

 
  1. Boot to the desktop, go to the start menu, right-click on "computer" and select manage. 
  2. This will launch the Microsoft Management Console. 
  3. On the left side of the MMC, click on "Disk Management" and then it will show you all of the partitions and hard drives in the unit.
  4. Right-click on the "HP Recovery" partition and select "Mark as Active Partition." 
  5. When the warning prompt appears, select "Yes" - Then reboot the notebook and it will automatically boot into the Recovery Manager without having to press F11.
  6.  Perform the recovery as usual and then everything will be normal again.
 

 

 This will only work as long as the Recovery Partition hasn't been modified or the "Recovery" file deleted.

 If you can't get to Disk Management following the instructions, try this article for help finding it.

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