Originally Posted by Chewyfood
Same problem here bud.
Ran the recovery deal and after a reboot i got that the recovery partition was not found. I called up HP and gave them the low down and they sent out the recovery disk at no cost. Used that and it worked fine.
You can do either of the following:
1) request HP give you a recovery disk and use that
2) get a legit vista disk and install it without a cdkey, then use the cdkey on the bottom of your laptop and activate it by calling Microsoft
3) download a vista disk from torrent, which still needs a cdkey of course, and like 2, use your cdkey and then use phone activation
Looks like my recovery partition no longer works now, even if I keep typing F11 during boot up.
The Vista Business Disc they sent to me wiped out the whole DISK1 partition, even if I used the Ghost to restore the partition, the serial # and size of the recovery partition were changed, I guess.
I will require them to send me another Vista Home Premium tomorrow, otherwise, may think return the laptop back.