As most people who have purchased HP Pavilion computers that came installed with XP know, HP no longer provides recovery cds with their computers. My computer has been formatted, so I no longer have access to HP Pavilion tools-- specifically the HP Pavilion Application Recovery program. I want to restore my computer to the factory software and settings using what's on the hidden Recovery Partition that HP has on my computer, but I do not know how to access it without the tools. Are there other ways to access that partition and start the recovery process without the tools? The recovery partition is for sure still on the hard drive, but I just don't have a way of accessing it's data.