I bought a Compaq desktop PC around a year ago, and I want to perform a clean install of Vista - the reg, C Drive etc are very cluttered !Problem is, I did not get a Vista back up CD with my PC, but I do have a D Drive that is labelled Recovery - so I think everything may be on there ?I'm a bit confused - can anyone tell me what I need to do to get my PC back to ow it was when new please.Many thanks
When you start the machine, do you see any messages before the Windows logo - press Fxx or Del for Setup, Fxx for Recovery - or somesuch?
Hi brundleYes, I see 'F10 - Setup' and 'F11 System Recovery' - is it one of these I need to go to ?Thanks for your help
F11 for system recovery.You should have 2 options. a non destructive install that will just re-install windows and leave your files in tact.a full format install that will format the drive and take it back to the day you bought it.
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