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Windows 7: HP Recovery Manger Help

31 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
HP Recovery Manger Help

Hello Everyone
My Original Factory shipped OS was Vista 32bit the later on, I upgraded to Windows 7
messed up my system by accidently modifying the registry (Deleted explorer folder) and now everything dosen't work correctly as it should but the OS is still operational
Now i'm trying to use a Recovery Partition that was Shipped with my System to Restore itself to factory shipped settings, only thing is when i try to use the HP Recovery Manager that came with my computer, It Dosen't Recognize that the Recovery Partition is actually there and prompts me to use Backup disks which i have't created.
I have Not touched or modified the Recovery Partition since i installed Windows 7 So It's absolutely NOT Damaged.
So Help on getting my system Restored would be appreciated.

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31 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello inforis, welcome to Seven Forums!

I wasn't aware HP did it this way but some manufacturers have it set up so that the disks and the partition are needed to work in unison to restore to factory specs.

You didn't create the disks; have you contacted HP to see if they still have a set of disks for that particular PC as they keep images of the ones they've used for quite some time and will ship them out for (usually) shipping costs.
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31 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


This is why you need to make your Recovery Disks when you get a new computer.

When you upgraded it likely lost the link to the Recovery partition. It would only recover you to Vista anyway and you want Windows 7, right? Vista doesn't need to be on the HD to reinstall Windows 7, just boot the installer and clean install over the current Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

First I would try to run System File checker which can replace any damaged System Files. Type CMD in start search box, rightclick on result, Run As Administrator, type sfc /scannow.

If this isn't enough then run a Repair Install from the desktop, which reinstalls Windows 7 while keeping all programs, files and settings in place.
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31 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64

Try doing a System Restore before anything else. If it works, it will restore your registry and your problem will be solved. There is an excellent tutorial here on how to use System Restore: How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7
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31 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


If Windows 7 won't start, you can make a Repair Disk here to run System Restore: System Repair Disc - Create

Excerpted from tutorial on using Repair CD - System Repair Disk:
Insert the CD in the CD / DVD drive and reboot the computer.
When requested, "Hit any key to boot from CD."

Select the Language and click next.

Windows will search for an Operating System to repair.

You can choose to restore a System Image you created,
or go the Recovery Tools screen.

These are the same utilities available through the Install DVD,
or via the function of the 100 MB System Partition (if installed).

Or if you have the 100mb System Reserved partition, Tapping the F8 key before Windows loads (Safe Mode) opens this menu which will access the same Recovery Tools:

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31 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thanks for the Replies
I tried the Clean install over Windows 7 and it worked Perfectly
Many thanks guys
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31 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP


Good work.
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