I didn't have a recovery partition because it was a custom built desktop, but that wasn't the problem anyway. The problem was when I replaced the motherboard and processor do to a hardware failior the Vista license key was no longer valid, and microsoft wanted to charge almost full price for a new key. That was completely rediculous. What i ended up having to do is simply blow the drive away and install Linux so I'd have something to use since the XP and Vista disks I had for the system were now worthless. Although, eventually I picked up an OEM copy of Vista for $125, repartitioned the drive, and setup a multiboot on the system.

Constantine wrote:
> Wow, that's crazy, charging you the same price for one single key as they charged for the hole OS? Not sure what I'd do if that ever happened to me. It cusks that you couldn't use the recovery partition in that case...this hp had one but I formatted it, not knowing what it was. Sighs.
> contact details:
> email: tcwoo...@shaw.ca

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