Now as you might know, Compaq pre-loads XP on a partition. I've done a clean re-install once by pushing F4, F10...one of the F?'s during startup. Someone on another thread mentioned that pressing the F(4, 10, ?) whatever is accessing the BIOS on the mobo, which is going to be shipped off the day after Christmas. Will I be able to reinstall XP from my SATA HD that it was loaded on from the factory?
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I doubt it. To boot from the Recovery partition, you need to hit F10 and I doubt the new mobo will recognize F10.