I've inherited a laptop, running xp pro sp2 but without any recovery disks and no real way of asking if any exist. All methods of recreating I've come across need an i386 folder with the installation files, but this doesn't exist and registry points to a folder which also doesn't exist. Any ideas? I'm not that technical!
One of my customers has an Evo N1050V - is that the one?
If so it originally came with two Compaq restore disks and a copy of XP Pro (SP1) plus the usual documentation disks. I did a factory settings reinstall on it last week which involved adding SP2 from a disk supplied by PCA many years ago. Then there were 106 cumulative critical updates! I am pretty sure there isn`t a hidden partition and you probably need to update a few of the drivers from the HP site. There`s also a full service manual available for it.
Also if you can borrow a copy of XP Pro you can use the COA product key from the sticker on the laptop I did this for a friend who got an ex company laptop which had a OEM XP Pro sticker on it and laptop had win 2000 I just formated it and used my copy of OEM XP Pro and it worked just fine activated it by phone.
Strawballs suggestion will work however you will need to borrow a version of XP Pro that doesn`t already include SP1 or SP2. When I reset to factory settings last week I tried to use an XP Pro SP2 disc with the COA on the laptop - it wouldn`t accept the product key so I had to go back to the original factory disks.
It might help if you tell us what you want to do. Do you want to do a fresh install of Windows XP Pro or just have a method of backing up your current setup?