I attempted a flat out recovery from the recovery CD, but the CD wouldn't load on start up. I changed the settings in BIOS so the CD player was first, no success.
From HP recovery instructions:
-Turn on the computer and place recovery disc number one into the top optical drive (CD, CDRW, or DVD drive).
-Restart the computer by clicking Start, Shut Down, Restart, and then OK.
-A Recovery Welcome screen should appear. Press any key to continue.
None of that happend or is happening, no matter what I attempt. Not sure why. It works just fine with a regular CD copy of Windows 98, but the recovery CD gets no recognition what so ever from the machine.