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Reformatting my compaq presario using my recovery disks

Last night i was using my compaq and a message came on the screen that my disk space was low and that the system recovery was being disabled. I removed nearly 12 gigs of stuff, rebooted and still the system recovery is disabled. Is there a way to turn it back on, OR if that doesn't work, how do i reformat using my recovery disks? I didn't receive anything with my computer when I bought it that explained the process.

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To turn on system restore, go into control panel, system. Click on the system restore tab. There you can turn on your system restore again.

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