If you're referring to a Recovery Partition which resides on many of the brand-name computers, you can easily research the steps by visiting the computer manufacturer's website.. As long as the hidden recovery partition is not corrupted, as might happen if the hard drive failed, then pressing the appropriate F-key at startup(such as F10 or F11 on HP computers), should immediately take you to the recovery menu on the recovery partition.. It's a fairly straight forward procedure with prompts along the way.

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