The response from my rep (from HP): I would guess so but with no model number I can’t say for sure. 1. Create a set of recovery discs or a recovery DVD- To create the recovery disc set, Click Start , All Programs , PC Help & Tools (or similar), open the HP or Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creation software, and follow the on-screen directions. 2. Order recovery CDs on the Web- Instructions can be found HERE: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&dlc=en&docname=bph07143&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN&lc=en 3. Contact HP Tech Support- Either thru the web, HP tech support or call (800) 474-6836 What the heck - if your looking at trashing it anyways, there is no harm in forging ahead with the F11 - recovery. Just do it.