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From what I understand, the computer is running some flavor of Linux. You can either learn how to use Linux of install a version of Windows. You must know more about the original software that was installed (Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 or Win 8). You need to buy a licensed copy. Your Vista has already been installed on and activated for a specific computer, so it cannot legally be used on another computer. Try Linux. Download a free distribution from the Internet (Ubuntu for example). Burn it on a CD. Configure your computer to boot from the CD-Rom. Run a demo of Linux (without installing) and see if it recognizes all your hardware. If it does you might decide to switch to Linux.
You can't download the recovery software, they will send you the CD via mail. Go to the HP web site Drivers and Software and put in the model number. You can do this from any computer. It will ask for the model number off the bottom of the computer and software installed(XP, Vista, 7) Most HP's that I have delt with will allow you to make your own recovery disks also, they also have a recovery partition on the drive that will recover your computer to like new condition. You will loose all stored information if you use the recovery methods. It is better to make recovery CD's using your version of Windows software.
That error maybe a harddrive faulty / not connected. But you may need to go into the setup/bios and change the boot order so that it boots from CD first
To get into the bios when the PC boots you should see a message on the screen for a very short while which will tell you how to get into the setup/bios - usually by pressing a key - like F2, or DEL key or F10
once in the bios you then need to go through the menus at the top until you find a menu page which includes the boot order - make sure CD is first
Another test, if you have access to another PC and CD writer, would be to create a bootable CD from ubuntu - this will boot from the CD only and test that the hardware works
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO
full details are here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can
find it again to create the image bootable CD.
You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/
When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see the following options
1) Try ubunto without any change to your computer
2) Install ubuntu
3) Check CD for defects
4) Test memory
5) Boot from first hard disk.
Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1
Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working
With UBUNTU it may just be possible to copy any of your data onto a USB harddrive or thumbdrive
If the notebook is preinstalled with Vista you can do windows native burning (With out any software) CD and DVD disks, where as XP has only CD native burning. in order to do this just right click on the folder what u want to and select send to CD/DVD drive option. hpoe this could resolve the issue. BYE
try to download belarc advisor software. Run this in your vista OS and send it to me so I can check your hardware specs. This is the only way to avoid problems in the future or before you start the formatting.
You need to start windows setup straight from cd. To do so you may need to change the boot sequence from bios.You will also need a bootable windows xp cd (not the upgrade version). Setup xp as new installation. Ensure you can get all necessary drivers and software for windows xp.
Hint: Vista works fine if it has enough ram memory, and you wont lose your valid licence and all software provided with vista.
whats ur operating system. i think it is vista. that may be the compatiblity problem with ur software. try it on windows XP . it will solve.. if u want to work it on vista, then u have to download a vista supporting version of that particular software...thats all