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Most compaq PC's have a built in function to bring the PC back to it's factory state. This is stored on a small (hidden) partition on the hard disk and can be accessed by pressing F8 or F12 during bootup (before the windows splash screen). The menu option will be something along the lines of "repair your computer".
If you've changed hard drives, formatted, or deleted the partition, your only option will be to re-install windows using a windows disc.
Kitty: Judging by the mod. # of this unit, I'd say it was high time to either replace entire machine, or at the very least - put the restore/recovery disc that came with the machine and reload it. Good luck, GuruTim
Windows blue screen errors are mostly hardware or driver related. Check the exact error message on the BSOD screen and also check the event log to see the error details. Based on that info you can find the solution. Here is how to analyze and solve blue screen errors.
If you open up Windows Explorer, right-click on 'My Computer' if you are running XP or 'Computer' if you are running Vista and select Properties from the context menu, you will be presented with a window that displays information about the installed processor and clock speed as well as the amount of memory installed in the computer.
Again in Windows Explorer, if you right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Properties, you will be presented with a window that give you information about the amount of used space, free space and total space on the hard disk.
there are two possible reasons:
1. your laptop's hard drive might have bad locations
2. one of your windows file might be corrupt
using windows xp installation cd try to repair your windows
be carefull not to reinstall. first try to repair and if it does not work then reinstall.
to repair i'll give to you some details:
on setup, after press F8 *(if you are agree with terms of licence) you will be asked what do you want to do.
and requre to press r to repair a previous windows installation, or to press esc key to instal a new and fresh windows.
if u have critical files to recover, ask for help from someone who know very good what to do.