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Reformat or use recovery disc?

by lepianist / May 9, 2009 10:54 AM PDT

I'm having a problem with my Compaq Presario v3000 laptop. 3 months ago, my laptop's screen started getting red pixels on it and so it is just now, 3 months later that i had the money to have it fixed.

the problem:
after it was fixed, it seems that all my programs got erased and my operating system (windows XP) was gone too. the laptop was off the whole 3 months...what could have happened?

1) is it possible for me to install windows XP on my laptop without the cd-rom because the cd-rom (my xp os cd-rom got lost)? because i have the sticker indicating the product key of the original XP os that i had running...

2)do the recovery discs of the Compaq Presario v3000 include the operating system and drives needed to operate my laptop again?

3) how do i use these recovery discs i have with me? what do i do?

4)QUESTION RELATED TO #2: if the recovery disc includes my operating system and drives, can i reformat laptop using this? if yes, is it hard to reformat?

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If you have the recovery disks that you made
by lacsr / May 9, 2009 10:28 PM PDT
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Use The Recovery Discs To Format And Reinstall Everything..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 10, 2009 2:19 AM PDT

If you have the original Recovery Discs that came with the HP computer, or the original Recovery Discs that you created by using the built-in HP utility, you simply place the first disc in the DVD/CD drive, then restart the computer.. As long as the BIOS is set up to boot from the DVD/CD drive first, you'll be given the option to do a "repair recovery" (non-destructive which repairs the operating system and some pre-installed programs but doesn't "usually" damage your personal documents of files) or a full format recovery (destructive, wipes the drive, formats the drive and reinstalls everything back to its original factory state.)

It's not a difficult process to perform as long as the discs work as designed.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks for the help!
by lepianist / May 10, 2009 8:19 PM PDT

i was already able to return the factory settings of my laptop using the recovery discs! i thought it was going to be complicated and all but it wasnt, just as you said it wouldn't be. so as of today, its as good as new! thanks!

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