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How do i reinstall vista from the recovery partition?

by dc8404 / January 31, 2008 10:49 AM PST

I have a HP Media Center PC with an AMD-5600+ and 3GB Ram, and its running vista home premium. I want to give the computer to my wife and buy me a laptop. But before i do i want to erase all the files and app's and pretty much everything so that she can install whatever she wants without having any of my stuff there. I've aredy put all of my documents on an external hard drive. So i was wondering if it was possable to just press F6 or F12 or whatever key it is to restore the factory settings. Because i don't have a restore CD just a restore partition (D) on the hard drive.
~Danny N.

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Create the restore CDs now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2008 10:52 AM PST
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While I strongly agree that you should FIRST ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2008 1:50 AM PST

create your recovery media (your hard drive can up and quit on you at any moment) you can also make use of the recovery from boot up.

Since you didn't mention your exact model I can only point you to an HP Support page you can work from.

From that point, after selecting your model (or entering your product name/number) the correct model page will open (if you didn't enter your actual product name/number you will get a model series page to select the exact product you have).

When you get to the page that lists:

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