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How to access recovery partition to reinstall Windows7?(BOOTMGR error)

Q: How to access recovery partition to reinstall Windows7?(BOOTMGR error)


Yesterday morning when I turned on my laptop, I got the "BOOTMGR missing error". My laptop was working with no problems till the night before, so I don't know what happened. Anyway, I tried everything recommend on this forum and elsewhere to fix the problem. But nothing seems to work.

Since I don't have any important stuff on the laptop, I don't mind reinstalling Windows 7 if that would solve the issue. But I don't have a windows 7 installation CD. I have a Samsung R540 which came pre-installed with Windows 7. I went to the Microsoft recovery centre and tried to validate my windows product key but it is not validating.. Is this because my Windows is pre-installed?

Also from the command prompt I can see that I have a recovery partition. When I start the laptop, it says "press F2 for setup and F4 for recovery." But while F2 takes me to the BIOS screen, F4 doesn't do anything. While searching online, someone suggested that the recovery partition must be made active. So I went to command prompt and made it active and tried again. But it has made no difference.

So now I don't what else to do.. I don't really care about any data. I just want the laptop to work.. Is there no hope for me?? I would really appreciate any help
Thanks in advance

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A: How to access recovery partition to reinstall Windows7?(BOOTMGR error)

Hi Anna,
have a read of this tutorial.
Bootmgr is missing - Fix


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HP will not have them any more. You can go to a third party site like  http://computersurgeons.com/ There are also still some "mirror" links to Windows 7 OEM images Microsoft USED To make available.  Post back with any more questions. I hestitate to post all the options since I don't know what you are willing and able to do. Was the laptop ever upgraded to Windows 10? If so reinstall is MUCH easier. 

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I've had some problems with my computer and am consdering wiping out my hard drive and reinstalling Windows 7. The problem is: I don't have a windows cd to boot it from. My friend doesn't have one either, but he has his recovery disk. We both have Sager laptops but differing models. I was wondering if I could use his recovery disk just to reinstall windows using the microsoft product key under my laptop. Will doing this just give me the drivers that are compatible with his hardware and I can just remove them? I've downloaded my hardware drivers onto an external hard drive and was wondering if i could just load up a clean win7 os that way.
Thanks for your time!

A:reinstall windows7 using friend's recovery disk

Well...you need to understand just what recovery disks are.
They may rely on files which are on a hidden partition on the system's hard drive which was originally installed...they may not.
If the system is not the exact same model...using recovery dsiks from a different system is just an invitation to more frustration.  If you look at those retailers selling "recovery disks", you will see that they definitely are system specific...there is no general reovery disks which can be applied to different system models.
I also imagine that using someone else's disks...will result in the Windows license applicable to the disks used on another system...will show up on that list which Microsoft maintains for known compromised license keys.

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Hi there. Quite a complicated mess I'm in!
I am trying to fix a friend's Dell Inspiron 1555. It had the zbot virus and a few other nasties so my friend decided he'd try to wipe his hard drive by simply sending it all to the recycle bin! (idiot). He deleted a lot of system files as a result.
I decided it would be best to re install the system back to factory settings from the recovery partition, but when trying to do this on the Vista repair screen it came up with 'Other user' and wanted a password. After many attempts and phone calls to dell and pc world we came to the conclusion that the zbot had affected the password to the recovery partition.

So what I have done is wiped the C drive (operating system) from the hard drive by attaching it into my system and I left the dell recovery partition on there and made it the 'active' partition.

I tried to boot to this recovery partition, so I can then install the system, but the error 'bootmgr missing' appears and I can't get any further. I have used Super Grub to select the specific partition to boot to but I get the above error.

Anyone know how to boot from a recovery partition?!

Cheers, Ben!

edit. I should mention the system is Windows Vista, the laptop is around 14 months old.

A:Bootmgr missing in recovery partition

If it were bootable, it seems like SGD would have done it. Did you try the partition-boot option on that CD?

The only other option I know is to try the PLoP boot manager and select that partition. I have the iso's here:


If it still doesn't boot, it may be damaged. Removing the other partition may have altered the MBR beyond what you can now repair. The boot files were probably on that partition as well. It would have been better to just start recovery rather than trying to alter the other partition. As soon as you make any changes with partitioning tools, you damage what Dell used as a proprietary boot method.

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Oh boy, I got myself in one big mess.

Situation in brief: I wiped my hard drive, rewrote my HP recovery partition and a fresh Vista installation using a Vista recovery disk, installed XP using a Windows XP retail box, found out that the Windows XP bootloader overwrote the recovery partition's, and now I want to restore the recovery partition's bootloader.

If you want it in more detail, continue on.

My Vista install was running really slow and I wanted to reorganize my hard drive, so I decided to do a system recovery on it. I backed up my entire hard drive and wiped the entire partition table two days ago because my HP FACTORY_IMAGE partition didn't work and I wanted to restore a functioning one. I successfully used a recovery DVD to restore the partition and a fresh Vista installation. Everything was working fine, including pressing F11 on the BIOS to start a recovery.

I wanted to triple boot my system with Vista, XP, and Ubuntu Linux 10.10. When I installed XP, I knew it was going to overwrite my MBR and completely be unaware of Vista (since Vista is newer after all), so I thought it would be convienent to install Ubuntu right afterwards (Ubuntu contains GRUB2, a bootloader that lets me select whatever OS I want at computer startup).

Well, I installed it, and everything seemed fine until the GRUB menu showed up. I had a Vista installation on the first partition, a Ubuntu installation on the fourth partition, and another Vista installation (the recovery pa... Read more

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I have a 3000 V200 running Vista that I want to return to factory state. I can boot into Vista OK but can't boot into Resuce & recovery with the maintenance button. I get the dreaded  'BOOTMGR is missing' message. This after installing Windows 7 (which may not have been relevant).Initially, I couldn't get any response from the R&R partition and had an error when I tried to create recovery disks (I can't remember the actual words).  So I downloaded the latest version of R&R (v 4.2.1)  and used it to create a new CD & DVD and used them to rebuild and all seemed to go well. As I said above, I can boot into Vista but not into R&R. I found the item below on the Lenovo site here.  However, I  can't do the second (it's too late) and I have tried the first to no avail.Any suggestions as to what I can try next? Rgrds Peter SymptomStarting the computer and pressing the ThinkVantage, LenovoCare, or F11 button results in the error message "BOOTMGR is missing, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart."In order to avoid upgrade incompatibilities, Rescue and Recovery disables the install modules used in a Factory Restore operating during the Rescue and Recovery upgrade process. If the computer is shipped with Windows Vista installed, and the user upgrades Rescue and Recovery, creates recovery discs for Factory Restore, and then restores from those recovery discs, an error message is displayed stating "BOOTMGR is missing, Press CTRL+ALT+D... Read more

A:BOOTMGR is missing - rescue & recovery partition

Well, I have solved my own problem. I downloaded the R&R package again and reinstalled it. After a reboot, eureka - I can boot into the R&R partition again.Hope this might help someone else!RgrdsPeter

Long time ThinkPad user: 770, 600, T40, X300, now X301 240gb SSD, 8 GB ram (love it! :-)) Windows 7 64 bit.

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Hi All

I installed Windows 7 on a formerly Vista Business computer. Now I would like to know, does a clean installation of Windows 7 automatically create a recovery partition or backup? Or do I need to format the Recovery Drive D(from the Vista installation) and make a backup on that drive (D)?

Thank You

A:Solved: Does Windows7 Automatically create recovery partition during installation?

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Hello, I'm attempting to repair a gateway laptop that came pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium.

I attempted a recovery to factory state with saving user data. During this process the laptop locked up and I was forced to power it down. When I start it back up, I get this message:

BOOTMGR is missing
Pres Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

I can't access the recovery partition anymore. In order to access it to begin with I had to press f8 to reach the advanced startup options and choose "Repair your Computer". I can no longer reach the advanced startup menu.


A:Solved: BOOTMGR is missing - after failed recovery from partition on a gateway laptop

Most of the time (I guess not always) to get to the restore partition it is one of the following...


These will be done at the same point you start hitting F8

One of those combos usually works.

Gateway may have done things differently.

But if you can not get to the restore partition, and you did not create the restore disks,
Then you will need to contact gateway to order the restore disks.

However, it is possible that you may have a bad hard drive.
You can usually check the BIOS for the model number and look up the manufacturer to get the HDD Diags from them. Toshiba Drives have no diags. Or, the HDD Diags could be in the BIOS somewhere, you will have to look for them, if they are there.

If you can't fidn it that way, you will need to pull the Hard Drive and see who the manufacturer is and then, get the HDD Diags from them. To check and make sure the HDD is ok before trying to reload the OS.

There are many things that can cause an issue like this. Memory is another, if the memory is bad, it is possible to cause Data Corruption. Use Windows Memory Diag for that.

My first step to take would be, test the Hard Drive. If this passes,,,,
Then test the memory, just to make sure. If this passes,,, and you still can't get to the restore partition....

Then something horked the data on the drive (it would be unknown how or what might have casued it) and you will need to order those restore disks. Or if you can find an OEM vers... Read more

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I reformatted my hard drive through USB on my other PC, NTFS and I can read the drive. it is set as drive letter L as I could not use C.

When I put the hard drive into the computer, I have the bios set to boot CD first, but with the XP CD in it won't prompt me to boot from CD, only goes to error with BOOTMGR is missing, "press CTRL + Alt + Del to restart"

Can some one let me know what is wrong? I have reformatted meny drives but never had this before?


A:Solved: Trying to reinstall Windows...Bootmgr error

just installing WK2 for now, then I'll see if it will let me use my disk.

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Hello all,

I have a Sony Vaio VPCEC4SOE I bought cheap - needs a new screen.
After purchasing first thing I done was a Reinstall of windows using F10 on boot up and following instructions.
However after all finished Task manager showed 90+ processes at idle and the amount of bloatware was more than I had ever seen included with any PC.

So, Made up a Windows 7 Install disc as I wanted to go for a totally fresh install. Once installed it asked for product key - I checked underneath and half of the sticker is missing (I know I should have checked before hand!) Plus thinking about it after I really don't think the product key can be reused even if it is on the same machine (can someone confirm?)

I now have a nice clean operating system, but no product key, that will self destruct in 27 days!
So I would like to return to VAIO factory state. I have checked and recovery partition is still there and intact - 13gb, but how can I reinstall from this partition? F10 now does nowt on boot up.

Thanks in advance,

A:HELP - Reinstall from recovery partition.

You can try setting the Recover Partition as the Active instead of the Win 7 partition. Then when you boot, the Recovery partition should boot.

You can do this from Disk Management.

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So, I just finished building my brand new rig on 7/12 and of course 4 days later managed to mess things up somehow.

I have a 2 drive setup.

C:A Samsung SSD with my Windows 7 64bit Pro operating system. This was my boot drive.

F:A 2TB Seagate that I was using for all my storage needs.

Now, I haven't used Windows in a while so I consider myself a newbie. Just yesterday I wiped my Seagate in an attempt to extend my C drive into it. Only to stupidly realize as soon as I had done it, that you can't extend one physical drive into a separate physical drive. I believe this is the source of whatever problems I'm facing now. Maybe I set my boot drive to dynamic at some point. Or screwed up something on my C drive within Disk Management.

I used my computer after all this. I restarted it last night and it was fine. Then I left it on for the night to download something and went to bed. Came back in the morning, used it for a little while, then I had to restart it for a installation. A trusted program, I know this program has nothing to do with the problem. So i restart it and suddenly rather than seeing my boot screen, I see BOOTMGR is Missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE To Restart.

Now I can't start my computer, I go into BIOS and see my SSD and HDD.

I have tried using System Recovery from the windows disk and got the following message "System Recovery Option is not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair. I'm using the exact same... Read more

A:BOOTMGR is Missing and I can't access System Recovery Option

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I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...

A:Reinstall to new drive using recovery partition

Originally Posted by goberbrunner

I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...

I may have a solution.

can you access the non-damaged part of the disk when you plug it on another PC?

perhaps you can make a copy of the recovery partition in one of your PC

then use the tool ASUS Backtracker.


EDIT: Sorry my bad, as far as i know you cannot see/access the partition as it is hidden, you must unhide it first via command prompt

see these steps, and if you get lost somewhere, ask again here. I can't remember the exact way i did it correctly.
Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart. - Default Reasoning

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Hi guys,
My problem is that my hard drive is faulty so I managed to image only the recovery partition to another new hard drive.. now I'm trying to boot to that recovery partition but can't.. its an HP PRESARIO V3000..


A:Reinstall windows using the recovery partition

Hello mate.

I know this isn't what you are asking but if you can find any Vista disk, you could use the info in the tutorial at the link below to unlock the installer so you can install the same version and use the activation key on the sticker attached to the PC to activate.

Look at the last couple posts in the tutorial.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation

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Hi all,

First post! I've often referred to the forum for assistance with little niggles, but now I've got one that is really winding me up - and it's winning! Grrrr

Ok, tech stuff;
Using a laptop, win XP, Sony vaio VGN-FS115B
Acronis True Image installed last night on 15 day free trial.

Trojan Horse has caused huge permissions problems within even basic windows apps, such as notepad,
Drive(s) too cluttered and want to get rid of recovery partition to add space

Burn copy of recovery media and backup data, then format and restore using recovery media.

Sounds easy right? I spent lots of time and disks last night trying to burn recovery media using the recovery tool. Failed miserably. Went out today and bought different brand of media (using DVD-R disks). Started burning media today and after the first cd completed, the program locked up and shut down. I have a completed application recovery cd, but to now burn the system recovery cd I need to start from scratch and burn another app cd and hope it doesn't do the same thing as first time.

As an alternative because the software has been so poor so far, I thought I'd download Acronis and image the recovery drive itself. I did this and have a .tib copy of the recovery partition on a DVD.

The thing I'm not sure of is;
If I were to burn an Acronis Bootable media disk, would I then be able to insert the partition image cd and get it to restore from that? Or is the logistical probl... Read more

A:reinstall using recovery partition and Acronis

Most of what you ask is possible, but why would you do it that way?

I'm a bit confused. You have a .tib backup and a recovery CD? You need only boot from the CD, set up the parameters, remove the CD, and then insert the DVD with the .tib file.

Yes, you can mount the image as a drive in Acronis, but what then? I don't understand why you would burn system files since there is no way to restore those anyway.

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We bought a Latitude E5530 with Windows 7 ultimate (without CD) 3 years ago.
My coworker wanted to install Ubuntu (dual boot) and I believed he accidentally deleted the recovery partition. Now that this coworker left the company, I would like to do a fresh install of Windows 7.
When I boot the computer, I press F8 and select "repair computer". After selecting my keyboard layout and entering my password, there is no option "Dell Factory Image Restore". I can only see "startup repair", "system restore", "system image recovery", "windows memory diagnostic" and "command prompt".
When I go to the Windows Media Backup page, I select "Dell Windows Recovery Image" and when I enter my Service Tag, it said "Recovery image not available for your Service Tag."

What would be the best solution to do a fresh install of Windows 7?

Here are the current partitions:

OEM 39 MB Healthy
OS (c:) 117 GB NTFS Healthy (boot,page file, crash dump, primary partition)
14.60 GB Healthy (primary partition)
165 GB Healthy (primary partition)

A:Reinstall Win7 but not recovery partition

alex_tanuki.It is best to get a fresh install of Windows on the computer by formatting and reinstalling. Below are links that will help you get Windows installed.How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7Windows 7 SupportDell Latitude E5530 Drivers,Downloads and ManualsDriver Installation and Order

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I recently purchased a used HP DV8125nr laptop. It came with a bunch of junk on the c: drive, so I decided to do a complete reinstallation.

Following a search of HP's support site, I purchased the Documentation and Recovery Kit - R407270-001, which was listed under spare parts for my machine.

I deleted everything off of the C: drive and reformatted it as a single partition.

Starting with the Win XP MCE recovery disk, I installed the entire recovery kit.

It all works fine, EXCEPT I later found that I could not create a set of DVD Recovery disks as there was no D:HP_Recovery partition or files. I also discovered that alot of other things were missing from Start>Programs including:

'Application & Driver Recovery'
'Recovery Disk Creator'
'HP Backup & Recovery'

After a long and tiring net search I concluded that I had somehow missed the option during Win XP install to add a D: Partition.

I obtained partition software, created a 10 GB D:\ partition and named it 'HP_RECOVERY'.

To this point I have been totally unsuccessful in figuring out a way to recreate all HP_Recovery files, get access to all tools and the ability to create a recovery DVD set WITHOUT reinstalling XP and all my applications again.

Does anyone know if there is a way

A:Missing Recovery Partition following XP MCE(Pro) Reinstall

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Have a 64 bit HP Pavilion Home Premium desktop that has become corrupted and we'd like to get it back to factory settings.

I can use F11 to access System Recovery, and the first step is formatting the hard drive. It stays on that screen for at least 15 minutes with the completion pct never moving off 0%. It eventually errors with a 1002 msg, saying I should contact HP for support. Right!!!

If I use a Vista 64 CD (not from HP - an iso image I downloaded and burnt using another computer), I'm on the green and blue Vista screen (after I press any key to boot from CD, and after it finishes loading Windows) for just over 8 minutes (I actually timed it - twice) with no writing or images on the screen - just a cursor, before it gives me a BSOD
STOP: 0x01

A:Cannot Reinstall from Recovery Partition or Disk

That error is related to either bad memory or problematic drivers. Considering that it happened with a installation disk I'm inclined to think memory I suggest that you test it with memtest: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Run it for at least 3 passes.

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I have a Dell XPS laptop. I reinstalled windows a weeks ago using an oem disc. Since then i have notice my sound sometimes stops working. I would like to reinstall to factory. I booted and pressed f8 then clicked repair windows. At the repair menu the dell factory reinstall option is missing. My recovery partition is still on the drive.

A:How do I Reinstall Windows from a recovery partition?

Is there no Dell Recovery Tool listed using the method you just described? It appears you are attempting to do everything correctly.

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Hello. I press enter then spacebar to get into the Lenovo diagnostics area, but can't find how to go directly to the revery section to do a factory install from the recovery partition. I can boot into the factory installed Windows 7 Pro installation, but we are having problems with this machine and I was told to do a factory restore. I can see the recovery partition in Windows Disk Manager. Just don't know how to force it to do a factory install.Help please!

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Hello.I got this PC from my work. i was told i ran win7. later found out that from new it was installed with win7 pro, but was downgraded to XP and the recovery partition was erased, so now i cant reinstall win7! as promissed!!On windows home page, I was told to contact HP, because win7 was installed from factory HP. What do I do from here, any solution?? I have the Win product key for the win7 previus installed.. Best regards Jesper Pedersen

A:reinstall win 7pro witout recovery partition

Hi: If you live in the USA/Canada, call HP at this number and order a set of W7 Pro 64 bit recovery disks. 1-800-334-5144 Have the serial # of the PC handy to give to the customer services rep. A set is around $10 delivered via 1st class mail. If you don't live in the USA/Canada, call the HP business pc support number for the country you live in. I have an old phone directory below.  I have no idea what numbers are still valid. http://h50146.www5.hp.com/lib/doc/manual/desktop/business_desktops/6005us_332630_007.pdf Alternatively, this site claims to have genuine, unadulterated W7 ISO files for download. https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-iso-download-tool Click on the link labeled Windows ISO Downloader.exe You can use either the: Win 7Pro SP1 or the (Retail version, but the OEM key on your PC's case will work with it) Win 7 Pro SP1 COEM (This version would be for what HP would have used--System Builder) N is for European Union countries. K is for South Korean markets. You can use this tool to transfer the ISO file to a 4 GB USB flash drive or DVD. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

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Hello everyone

I purchased a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled. It came with 500 GB HDD. I changed the DVD Rom with SSD/HDD tray to use for additional drive. I put an SSD in there and installed Windows 8 on it using a USB Recovery Drive, which I don't have anymore. So my current setup looks like this:
After upgrading to Windows 8.1, the license of some software I'm using got messed up and I couldn't manage fixing it, so the only option I've got left is to reinstall/reset Windows. But since the Recovery partition is on another drive, when I go about creating a Recovery Drive, the option "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" is greyed out. I've got stuff on my HDD, which I can't currently backup so I don't wan't to format that drive. I'm perfectly fine with formatting the SSD, that's what I want.

What's your suggestion, how can I reinstall/reset my Windows? The only option I see is to install Windows on the Hard Drive (by doing a backup and formatting it first), and then create a usb recovery drive and reinstall again on the SSD, but that's a lot of hassle and I'd need to find an external hard drive for the backup.

PS: Don't know if it matters but I intentionally left the Hard Drive in the original bay (as Disk 0) because of the better protection against falling compared to the added bay in place of the DVD drive.

A:Reinstall Windows, Recovery Partition is on Another Drive


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.

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Following serious problems with Norton Goback that suddenly asks me to reinstall the program but being unable to recover my NORTON password, the registry became corrupted. Unable to reboot.. I was wrongly advised by Norton technicians to first use recovery console, that was a bad idea with an OEM platform. windows created a random password and could not use this feature afterward. then they asked me to manually modify the registry beside many other attempts..
To make a very long story short. I am unable to boot, the computer freezes on windows logo even in safe mode. recovery console was out of question because of a corrupted password (OEM) .
I attempted to manually replace all the win32/config/system files...SAM, DEFAULT, SECURITY , PROGRAMS AND SYSTEM with the windows repair files unfortunately the backup system file was also corrupted for some reason...
I have tried alls tricks possible including reinstalling windows with recovery disks but they appeared to be defective.

Placing this drive as slave into a second computer I was able to extract files from the hidden recovery partition in boot drive.
a 5.36 GB partiton (see content description below )

(they are also saved in a slave disk on a second computer)
I tried to copy them on a clean boot drive but was unsuccessful.
this is the detail of my boot.ini file from that hidden recovery partition,
it shows partition 1....

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A:need to reinstall windows XP sp2 using hidden recovery partition

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Hi, I was just wondering if this would work. I am installing a bigger hard drive in a notebook that is 3 yrs old. It has a recovery partition. Is it possible to put in the blank new drive, Boot with UBCD4Win and create a new partition same size as the recovery partition on the old drive, then copy the recovery image to it from the old drive connected via usb drive adapter. Then remove old drive and boot up with xp cd and reinstall xp
fom it? I hate reinstalling from cd then trying to hunt down all the drivers, we don't have the drivers cd anymore. Or is there a easier way?

A:Move recovery partition to new drive to reinstall XP?

Probably not, there may be a an entry for it in the MBR that would also need to be copied.

In any case, why don't you just image the drive from the old one to the new one? Many hard drives have utilities that you can download from the manufacturer's website to clone a drive, not sure how many of them work with a USB connected drive but worth a shot. Or try a free utility like this: http://www.download.com/Macrium-Reflect-Free-Edition/3000-2242_4-10845728.html

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Hey everbody,

I have an OCZ Agility 3 as well as a Crucial M4 SSD ? I thought I?d setup everything right but then noticed that the drive only had 100 mb available while following some steps from Sean?s SSD Optimization guide (I finished Step 3, didn't go to Step 4). I went into disk management, saw that the Agility drive was unallocated and that the drive I was seeing in ?Computer? was actually just a 100 mb partition of the Crucial M4. The M4 has the OS and some games installed on it, the Agility has no data whatsoever (installed by me, at least).

I then created a new simple volume for the Agility, unassigned the partition drive letter, then tried to delete the partition, though the system didn?t allow me to (I had confused enabling the Agility drive with simply creating a partition so I thought I should get rid of the partition). After restarting, I?m getting the bootmgr missing error, which leads me to the conclusion that I definitely messed something up.

* I?ve tried using my original install disc to do a recovery install but then I get the error that:
?This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows.?

* I?ve also skipped to the command prompt and tried to run the bootrec commands to no avail. The bootrec /scanos command recognizes that Windows is installed on the Crucial M4 but I can't rebuild anything off of it.

* I also tr... Read more

A:bootmgr error after trying to delete partition off OS disk

Check your optical drives, USB ports, and floppy drives for media. Often times, the "BOOTMGR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable disc, external drive, or floppy disk.

Note: If you find that this is the cause of your issue and it's happening regularly, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive is listed as the first boot device.

Perform a Startup Repair of Windows. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files, including BOOTMGR.

Even though a Startup Repair is a common solution for BOOTMGR problems, don't worry if it doesn't fix your problem. Just continue troubleshooting - something will work.

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Hi, i'm new here and I made an account for the sole purpose of getting help on this situation i'm having right now. Yesterday, I wanted to delete my system reserved partition and I followed a guide to do so but I ended up messing up my partitions. I got the Bootmgr error when I would try and boot up, so I looked for solutions on solving this issue but I have no luck yet. I tried the Windows 7 recovery disc recovery options (startup repair and command prompt) and I tried to change the boot order in the bios but to no avail did it help. One thing I should note is i'm able to successfully boot up from the Windows installation disc but I cannot boot up from my SSD because I messed up the partitions status's Does anyone know how I can reverse this so I can boot up from my SSD instead of my disc everytime? One more thing I should say is I have a second hard drive, a mechanical 2 TB one, and I think I messed up something on that too.

A:Bootmgr is missing error after changing partition drives Need Help!!

You'd never want to delete or mess with the System Reserved partition since it boots Windows, not until it has its System Active flags moved to C first so that C can boot itself. Here's how, so you can see if it can still be done:

Unplug all other HD's except WIn7 HD.

Mark C Partition Active (Option Two) then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and C partition holds the System Active flags.

The System REserved partition can now be deleted and recovered if desired using Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.

If that fails, mark the System Reserved partition Active and try the Startup Repairs to revive it - if necessary recreate the partition using the Win7 installer Drive Options shown in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7, use Diskpart to mark it Active then run the 3 repairs.

When you plug back in other HD's make sure Win7 HD remains set first HD to boot in BIOS setup, no other partition is marked Active except C. Partition - Mark as Inactive

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During recovery - error message: "system image created using efi and this computer is using bios"

My efi bios lists:
windows boot manager with efi label
dvd ram without efi label
dvd ram with label in addition to above when win7 install dvd inserted
hdd without efi label (ntfs)

Thinking it's a boot sequence problem I tried all possible combinations as well as the probable. In some cases I get missing bootmgr of course from the HDD and the familiar "this version of windows is incompatible with the system......." The most successful attempt and the error msg "image created using efi and this uses bios" resulted from any combination which had the non efi dvd ram before the hdd

This follows a virgin install of Win7/64pro and a successful backup to an expansion drive. The original win7 drive was replaced with an identical but empty target drive.

Asus p8p67 rev 3.1 with efi bios
16 GB RAM @1600 mhz
Sandybridge 2500k
Zoltec 560ti

A:Windows7/64 Pro recovery error

Hello maxxx and welcome to Seven Forums.

Don't know if this will be much help but which system imaging tool did you use? There have been reports that the native Windows 7 imaging tool can be kinda useless at times if that's the one you used. Other recommendations include Macrium free, Paragon Backup free, and EaseUS Todo Backup free.

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I have a Acer Netbook which has a hidden partition for Windows 7 system recovery. A month ago, I install Linux Ubuntu on the netbook and accidentally deleted the recovery partition during installation.

the netbook is out of warranty, anyone know how to get the win7 starter back?

A:reinstall Win7 Starter on a netbook after recovery partition deleted

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

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Hi, got this dreaded screen on my Vista machine, have run through all the fixes on the net (literally all of them), which completed correctly, yet I still have the issue. I'm therefore resigned to a fresh reinstall, however before I do that I want to partition my drives so I dont lose any data.

I have a copy of Partition Commander 11 from work that I'm going to try, but I'm not too sure I'm doing the right thing here:

Basically I want to boot with that, so I can split my C: (which has 110gb free and about 40gb of data), into another partition, but without touching the 40gb of data thats already there? Then install Vista to the new partition, boot from that, and recover the data I want to keep from the 40gb?

My setup is like this currently

1 logical drive

C: 150gb capacity, 40gb used - roughly 5gb I want to keep)
D: (data partition, with videos/photos, all of which I want to keep)

Is this possible, or am I being a complete noob?!

A:[SOLVED] Bootmgr error, saving data using Partition Commander?

Hello and welcome to TSF, cockneyred83!

Lets focus more on your 'dreaded screen' if you don't mind - was it blue? Was it a BSOD?

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Hi--My Pavilion G6 stopped working and the usual Windows7 recover options didn't work, so I sent away for a Windows 7 USB stick recovery kit from HP.  Following the included instructions, the notebook boots up off of the recovery stick, and gets part way through the recovery process but then displays this error: "Windows cannot find 'F:\System.sav\Util\Rstone.exe' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." This was an automated process, so there could not have been a typing error. I tried the process several times, but can't get past this point.  Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? Thanks!

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Alright so after trying to get some external hard drives to show up on my desktop and having that fail I did a restart to try starting fresh. When I restarted I ended up with a BOOTMGR missing error, after trying for ages to get the Windows 7 dvd I have to boot up while getting the error 'BOOTMGR missiing press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart', I finally got my computer to allow me to boot from the DVD.
Now when I do press a button to boot from the DVD my computer it shows that 'Windows is loading files...' message, and the bar loads up all the way. It then changes to the now loading windows screen with the animation and all but its what happens after this that has become the next problem.
The bar will load and then after a bit it pops up into a desktop style screen with a background and my cursor on the screen but nothing else. I thought at first it was still loading up the options screen so I could click repair computer, but it stays there. It has been stuck on this screen for around 20min now without any loading circle showing up next to the cursor or my dvd drive making noise (it went silent after the background and cursor loaded).
So does anyone know whats going on with my computer? I dont even care about repairing the OS anymore I just want to do a full format but I cant even get the Windows 7 DVD to load the format/recovery page so I can do that.

Any help is extremely appreciated!

A:BOOTMGR error >> Recovery DVD wont load

Welcome to the forums and fill up your system specs

Yours is a desktop or a laptop ? It will be better if we could come to know the configuration . Anyway, can you remove the RAM, clean the edges and attach it again (with power cable unplugged from the source) and try the process again ?

It might be the RAM which is not functioning properly .

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My computer froze during an update, upon restarting the computer I now I have a endless loop error.    A black screen appears with the following message.
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2. Choose your language settings and click next.
3. Click "repair your computer"
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
File: \Windows\system32\config\system\
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."
The computer is a gateway zx6971-ub10p, No windows installation disc was included,
(I had previously made one but am unable to find it, also don't have the box/packaging anymore). I do not care about recovery anything on the computer, I just need to get the computer working again for school.  
Windows Memory Diagnostic found no problems, Various Safe Modes, Last Known Good Configuration, Start Windows Normally,etc... do nothing. 
Was going to try http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery but I don't even know my 25 character product key, no warranty from Gateway now, and no $ to take this thing somewhere.  
Is this computer toast?!?    
If anyone could help me out I would be so grateful!!!

A:Windows Error Recovery Loop(Windows7), Help Please !

Looks like the computer can't find the registry:

Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."

Several different things could cause this.  Start with these free, bootable hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html
I suspect the hard drive, so be sure to run that test.  Also, run the MemTest86+ as I don't trust the results of the Windows Memory Diagnostic
Does the computer have a Windows sticker affixed to it?  If so, that'll contain the Windows Product Key

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Hi have the old bootmgr compressed problem . i found some windows recovery discs . did all the right things . it went to windows log in screen but a window then came up saying AI Recovery ... This recovery DVD/BD is not for this model check again ? Now what am I to do please ? Someone kindly help me . many thanks
Aleisha .. oh yeah I also took a photo of the AI screen message . just in case

A:BootMgr compressed error , now recovery disc is incorrect ?! help pls


I have only seen "BOOTMGR" compressed error screen when a user applies NTFS compression on " C" drive while the "C" drive serves both as "System" and "Boot" partition. That is if there is no "System Reserved" partition on the system, "C" drive will be the active on partition and all booting related files including "bootmgr" will be saved on "C" by default. In that situation, compressing "C" in turn will compress "Bootmgr" also but the boot loader code on the boot sector is not capable of performing complex operations like NTFS decompression and hence will display an error message if compression is detected.

The easiest way to fix this is to boot from a "System Repair" disc or "Windows Install Disc" and use the "Compact" command to decompress the "Active" volume. You can create a "System Repair" disc from any working Win7 installed machine.

System Repair Disc - Create
Alternatively download legal version of "Windows 7" install media corresponding to your installed Windows 7 from Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

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I had a Vista machine I was trying to add a third partition to. I made the new partition active and then my computer won't load. Bootmgr is missing Press ctrl+Alt+Del to restart error.

Had vista as the factory OS

Please Help! I just got a Cisco 2851 last night and I want to play with it instead of fixing my laptop!

A:Vista Machine- Added Active Win7 partition BOOTMGR is missing error

Hello, this may help : Bootmgr is missing

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I need to reinstall. I've attempted to access the original image via the button (forget the Lenovo word for the built in reinstall script) but it does not bring up the wizard, or prompt me to it after a reboot.  After much (days) troubleshooting. Nww I can only get to the boot menu.  I'm pretty sure my bootloader is hosed. But my understanding it is not the standard bootloader for Windows 7. So I can't even utilize my windows 7 diskette from another system to rebuild it. I've even downloaded and tried Hiren's BootCD. But don't know which tool to try to utilize. I have no original external media to use. I have been able to use partition magic to see my C, but that's it. I have no idea where the image is on it.

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I used a windows xp cd to reinstall windows, but now I need to install the hardware for the audio, modem, network controller, and video controller.  HP does not have the drivers available anymore on the site. I am sure they are on the recovery partition, but I can't figure out how to access it.  I can't find any instructions on how to run it. Thank you for any help you can give me.

A:How do I access the Recovery Partition to run a recovery on ...

@JanetJ  http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp34001-34500/sp34200.exe http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33742.exe http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33001-33500/sp33411.exe http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33537.exe http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp36501-37000/sp36684.exe All your drivers here. http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-dv6000-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/... REO

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For some strange reason I can't access my System Recovery partition by tapping F10 or holding it down, goes straight to XP logo screen and doesn't open up Sys Recovery. I don't know what the problem is, I have "Sys Recovery on all drives" enabled. So what exactly is the problem and why? was it deleted by accident or is it disabled through some where else.

I really need your help, I was always able to do a system recovery and now I can't.

please help.

A:Can't access my Sys Recovery partition

On my laptops and PC (different makes/models/brands/systems)it's F8, could that help?


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I don't know when this started to happen, but I only noticed it recently.

On my BIOS menu, there is a note that says F10 = system recovery. When I hold F10 nothing happens; windows boots normally.
On the OS selection menu, I have options for windows xp and windows xp recovery console. If I select recovery console, it appears to load (like restoring from hibernation), but when it is finished loading I get a BSOD that tells me windows recovered from a critical error and to run chkdsk /F

Well I've run chkdsk /F in safe mode, regular boot, and before boot, but nothing happens.

The recovery partition is the only way I have to reinstall my OS or restore to factory settings. It is read only, and almost 9gb. It shows up as HP_Recovery (D:)

The only hardware upgrades that I have done between the last time I used this and now was a graphics card and ram.

So I have a few questions. First and foremost, how do I fix this? Is there any way to restore my system, even if I butn the partition to a disk?

A:Can't access recovery partition

You should have an option to make recovery discs, click programs/pc health and tools,hp recovery disc creator/takes about 9 cds.

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Question: How do I restore to the factory settings/ perform a factory reset when it is not listed under the System Recovery Options, but there is an active recovery & healthy partition?

When I attempt to factory restore or access the recovery partition, Dell sometimes has it listed in the Advanced Boot Options, but a lot of the times it is not listed. I will have the following options:

Repair Your Computer

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Enable Boot Logging
Enable low-resolution video (640x480)
Last Known Configuration (advanced)
Directory Services Restore Mode
Debugging Mode
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Start Windows Normally

After clicking "Repair Your Computer", I am presented with the following options: Startup Repair
System Restore
System Image Recovery
Windows Memory Diagnostic
Command Prompt

Typically, "Repair Your Computer" is how I have performed the factory restore. However, this this did not work this time and has worked on some of the previous workstations. To verify there is a recovery partition, I performed the following steps:

Start > Right Click on Computer > Manager > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management

Under Disk Management, the recovery partition is listed with the following information: Healthy, Active, Primary Partition and has 14.65 GB.

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A:How to access recovery partition

Did you search the BIOS for an option "Factory Recover"?

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Question:  How do I restore to the factory settings/ perform a factory reset when it is not listed under the System Recovery Options, but there is an active recovery & healthy partition?When I attempt to factory restore or access the recovery partition, Dell sometimes has it listed in the Advanced Boot Options, but a lot of the times it is not listed. I will have the following options: Repair Your ComputerSafe ModeSafe Mode with NetworkingSafe Mode with Command PromptEnable Boot LoggingEnable low-resolution video (640x480)Last Known Configuration (advanced)Directory Services Restore ModeDebugging ModeDisable automatic restart on system failureDisable Driver Signature EnforcementStart Windows Normally After clicking "Repair Your Computer", I am presented with the following options: 

Startup Repair
System Restore
System Image Recovery
Windows Memory Diagnostic
Command PromptTypically, "Repair Your Computer" is how I have performed the factory restore.  However, this this did not work this time and has worked on some of the previous workstations.  To verify there is a recovery partition, I performed the following steps: Start > Right Click on Computer > Manager > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management Under Disk Management, the recovery partition is listed with the following information:  Healthy, Active, Primary Partition and has 14.65 GB. Hopefully, this is not too wordy, bu... Read more

A:How to access recovery partition

Two crucial pieces of information you left out--operating system and model computer. Those should always be mentioned first. If you need installation media try the Create Media web site.

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hey guys, i just recently installed xp home on a new laptop which came preinstalled with vista. Unfortunately i was dumb enough not to check if all the drivers were available before downloading, and so am now stuck with a laptop with no audio and DVD capabilities. i did not make any recovery disks either, but i do however have a recovery partition on the laptop, the only thing is i dont know how to access it. i cant get into it at startup, cos when i press f11, absoloutely nothing happens, any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Recovery partition - How do i access it?

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I have a used Dell Optiplex GX240 with one CD drive and Windows XP Pro. It seemed to work fine at first but would not accept service pack upgrades. Now I am having multiple new problems. I want to completely erase the hard drive and install a new version of XP Home, not Pro. At the beginning of the installation process, it gathers system info. Immediately it responds with "no valid system partition" and the only option is to exit from the process. How can I get past this to complete the installation?

A:partition error trying to reinstall XP

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Hi. My "google-fu" isn't giving me a solution so I hope someone here can help.
About a year ago my laptop's HDD started giving errors so I replaced it. As far as I can recall, I did it by cloning the drive (but I can't remember using which program). I got everything working just dandy at the time but recently I've been getting daily BSOD related to ntoskrnl and from what I've read the solution to this is to re-install Windows.

But that's where my problem comes in. When I try to run recovery I get a message saying
"Restore failed - can not find image

I've attached a pic of my disks diskman showing I have a 13Gb recovery partition, Acer (C) and System Reserved (which I gave a drive number to try and access).

The system reserved shows as having 62.5Mb free of 99.9Mb (so its not empty), but if I "explore" it shows "folder is empty".

So how can I get to the recovery file?
FWIW, D2D is enabled in bios, and I've tried Alt-F10 - the computer just beeps continuously until I let go then starts up normally.

Also FWIW, I do have my old HDD in an enclosure so I can "pull" data off that if necessary (but that system reserved also shows golder empty despite using up space).

Lastly I do have some recovery disks BUT I suspect they are from my previous Acer (had a OOB failure so I returned it for an upgraded machine so I'm not sure how valid they are and the Windows 7 serial I have will most likely not matc... Read more

A:Need to access recovery partition - replaced HDD

It does not appear that the recovery partition has been formatted, so no recovery was placed there. The system reserved is boot info from the OS install, you can't access it.

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I need help F9 doesn't work and my computer has been slow after I got rid of a trojan vundo. Also if there is any chance of you guys helping me to reformat my computer using someone else's disk.

A:How to access recovery partition on ASUS P5P 800?

It's usually a combination of 2 or 3 keys, not just F9. It can be tricky also, you have to hit the keys at just the right time
Is this board from a custom build?

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Hello, im in desperate need of help, my computer started acting up a couple of days ago, suspecting that it was a virus, i run Microsoft Security Essentian and Malwarebytes, they found a couple of infections an cleared it, after restarting my computer i got a blue screen right at the windows log on screen. Thinking that the virus my had damage some of my video drivers, i logged in to safe mode,and now is that things started to get weird. My Administrator account is completely gone, and even if i reactivate it, once i re-starte my computer it desapear again, thinking that i had something on my start up, i created a new account and deleted my old one, but again, upon restarting my computer, the new account is gone and the old one is back again, and all the changes made in the computer are gone, bringing it back to the point were the virus was removed. I figure that a factory restore would solve the problem, but when trying to access the restore partition tru the windows " repair my computer" option on the start up, i get prompted to enter my user id and password, but none of my users seem to be valid, can someone please help me, im desperate lol.

A:Can't access vista recovery partition

If you can get a copy of Spybot Search and Destroy (free) and get it loaded. I would run it (with the internet off and after update)then go to start menu, programs, maintenance, and do a system restore.
I don't think it will do any good to change accounts and I would run msconfig and see whats in the startup.

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Hi guys

I have this problem here.... I run windows XP on a HP Pavillon DV2000 Laptop
I recently tried to configure my partition to dual boot with linux Ubuntu.Everything went well and worked except that now I cant do a system reinstallation using HP's software in XP.He just can't find the recovery partition.It say's the recovery partition can't be found and no software is available to reinstall system.but wether I open Easus partition master or Partition Magic,I see the HP_Recovery partition but no letters is associated to it, only a *..... maybe that is the problem....

thank you very much

A:Solved: can't access recovery partition with XP

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Hey everybody!

First of all I want to thank everybody who took participation in solving this problem.
Okay, lets get to it.

Got an HP Mini 110 netbook. A person who gave it to me destroyed all the OS system, plus the RAM's were broken. So I replaced them and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Starter 32bit.
Everything works fine, but as most new laptops this one has a hidden recovery partition. The problem is I want to restore this machine to factory condition, but I cant access it due to the fact that I dont have HP Recovery Manager or something like that.
The recovery partition itself is okay as I saw in Admin Tools.
When going to System Recovery Options / System Image Recovery, the process cant detect any image - "Windows cant find a system image on this computer".

So maybe you have any idea what could I use to restore it to factory condition? Maybe there is a software that I can install and use in the same way as HP Recovery Manager? Or maybe I can get HP Recovery Manager somewhere.

Thanks again for your time.

so that you know, I also tried the F6 and itc methods, no luck.

A:Solved: Hidden Recovery Partition Access

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