What do you mean there is no option to tap F11 at boot? If you have the key you can tap it, option or not. Do it repeatedly to see if it will respond. Sometimes it takes multiple attempts, more force, quicker hand, etc.
The files in the Recov folders are hidden at Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
You can try marking the Recov Partition active, rebooting to see if it will run. Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)
The modern way to recover is to save a Windows 7 backup image when it's running best so that if Windows 7 becomes irreparable you can reimage HD or its replacement from the stored image in 20 minutes.
I would want a clean reinstall without the factory bloatware first.