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My uncle has a HP Pavilion PC. We tried to restore from the RESTORE Partition, but after almost completing the procedure it hangs in the last step. The harddisk is making a lot of noise, but it doesn't seem to do anything.

I already tried to reset the BIOS to factory settings, based on an HP knowlegde base article, but that doesn't seem to work.

I also can't get into the Safe mode of Windows XP; it says the Setup hasn't completed yet.

Please help.

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I often do an XP system restore, but my Pavilion laptop has issues restarting. I do a hard power down (4 seconds on power button), then power up, and if it starts properly, it says it has finished the restore. –  ProfK Jan 20 '10 at 4:39

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We reset the values in the BIOS of the computer, restarted the computer and completed the installation.

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