You won't need the "Options" menu.
What the destructive recovery does is to restore your machine back to the way it was the day it was shipped from the factory. Other than telling it to start the destructive recovery and responding to a couple of prompts asking if you are sure you want to do this, it's pretty much automatic.
From HP/Compaq: "CAUTION: A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the original software that came with the computer.
From HP/Compaq: NOTE: It may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and may take over several hours. Recovery times are most affected by using recovery discs that were ordered from HP and/or the amount of files that were stored in the user account folders (for example, My Documents and the Desktop).
<----you won't have to wait on these additional folders.
You'll want to get malware protection on the machine ASAP once this completes...I'm sure rmurphy will have some recommendations for you in this regard.
Did you run the Everst on your machine? It would be nice to have that information in case we need to update some drivers...some hardware may be different now than when it was built.
To run this recovery from the recovery partition:
- Power the machine OFF
- Power the machine ON
- Tap the F10 key repeatedly during the boot...System Recovery should start.
- When given the option, click Advanced
- Choose Destructive Recovery
- Affirm you want to do the recovery
- Let it do it's thing