I have a PC Compaq Presario with Winows ME. My computer is working poorly so I wanter to use the recovery disc to reset my computer. The recovery dis will not respond. When I put it in and start or restart the comuper all I get is a black screen and a cursor at the top left corner of the screen forever. I have used this disc before and it work without any trouble. I have tried this proceedure with the internet hooked up and disabled. I have tried this a a restart and I have tried starting the computer with the disc installed. I have also tried all three of the CD drives on the computer. I just want to reset my computer. Can anyone help?
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Starting a Recovery
Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the F10
key repeatedly until a Recovery Screen appears.
You can also start a recovery from recovery discs, or from Windows. For more information refer to
Performing a Full System Recovery in Windows XP
Back to topRecovery is taking too long
If your computer stops responding after using the recovery program, do the following:
the computer appears to have stopped responding after restarting from a
recovery, please wait, it may take several hours or longer to complete
the initial Windows XP setup process, especially if a recovery was run
from a recovery disc set sent by HP. A Standard recovery may also take
longer, depending on how many files are stored in user accounts (like in
Exit the stalled recovery process by pressing the POWER
button on the PC until the power turns off, this takes approximately five seconds.
recovering, disconnect personal media drives, printers, scanners,
cameras, camera-type memory cards, and other devices that did not
originally come with the PC.
If you are using recovery discs, be aware of the following items:
you created the recovery discs using Recovery CD Creator, be sure to
run the recovery from the same drive that you used to create the
the discs with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth wetted with distilled
water. Wipe from the center of the disc to the outside edge. You may
also use disc cleaning kits or disc restoration kits from your local
computer store. These kits produce better results than using cloth and
You may also use available CD/DVD Drive cleaning kits to clean the laser reading lens of the CD or DVD drive.
Try running a full system recovery again from the hard drive by turning the on the computer and pressing the F10
key until a Recovery Screen appears. This performs the recovery from the hard drive.
The issue here to be quite frank is the hard drive needs the compaq image before the recovery disk can be loaded. This provents people from taking there compaq disk and getting wise and installing it on multiable computers what authors call piracy.
What you need to do is have compaq NOW HP send you out a IMAGE recovery disc usually when a hard drive crashes they send you out the hard drive with the IMAGE.
The other solution is purchasing windows 7 upgrade and going at it from there.
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Your only choice to get recovery discs now is to order them thru the HP/compaq website. They are not too expensive, and it is about the only ;thing you can do since someone already used your option on the display computer you bought.
insert the disc into the drive, restart the computer.If it doesn't boot from disc, restart again. As it restarts, press and hold F8(may be F2 or F12 depending on the settings)until the boot options screen appears. Using the arrow up/down keys select drive "d" or what ever drive letter represents the drive you put the disc into. It will now(or should) continue to boot from the disc, follow the onscreen instructions to restore.