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Windows 7: Performing a System Recovery on an HP

17 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Performing a System Recovery on an HP

Sorry for all of theese questions, but I am new to the windows 7 forum.

After problems and odd occurances I had on my HP system (windows 7 32 bit), I have decided I want to do a full system recovery (Wipe the hard drive and start all over). From the initial startup of my computer, it prompted me make a set of windows 7 recovery discs. But before starting the process, I want to know what i'm getting into.

1. When a virus or trojan enters a computer, can it attach to personal files like pictures or documents, or can it only create a new location? I will scan them though.

That being said, I am aware I have to back up all of my data. My norton expires in less than 30 days anyway.

2. Also, is there a chance of something going wrong, besides of a power outage? I had trouble with system restores before (Failing almost every time), so is there a special setting I have to go into to ensure a successful recovery? Anything I have to do prior to recovery?

3. Also, once the recovery is finished, will it be like I just opened the box again? Meaning, will I go through the same process of naming and registering the computer and have the same applications that initially came with it?

4. And finally, will doing a recovery terminate any trojans or viruses in the computer? I don't want a virus hidden in the computer after recovery?

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17 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

It's more stable to run the factory Recovery from HD partition than using the recovery disks, which should be reserved for HD failure or if recovery fails from HD partition. HP Backup and Recovery Manager

But keep in mind that this will restore all of the pre-installed bloatware and will not wipe the HD of all code as would a wipe with clean reinstall using Windows 7 Installation DVD.

If you'd like to consider going completely clean without the HP sponsor's bloatware and useless utilities which have better versions built into Windows 7, here are steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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17 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I don't mind if it will come with the HP apps that initially came with it. I want to know if it will be like I just bought it and plugged it in.
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17 Jan 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, a factory Recovery will reimage the HD to the state it was when it left the factory.

Be sure to back up your files first.
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17 Jan 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Andy M, welcome to Seven Forums!



The best, easiest way to do a factory recovery is to use the hidden partition on the Hard Disk Drive rather than the disks, have a look at this info below for the steps to do so with an HP PC and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


information   Information

HP Recovery Center

Be advised that this will take the machine back to the point when you first took it of the box.

The "HP Recovery Center" will give you the option to send to backup anything you
don't want to lose, so have backup media available to use if you choose this option.

With the machine off press the power button, as soon as you do that start tapping the F11 key.

It may take several attempts to do this, if the first attempt fails, try again.
That should take you to the HP Recovery Center. When there just follow the prompts.

It is pretty much self explanatory. From the time you boot into F11 (not counting
any backups you choose to make) you should be back on a working desktop in about
30 minutes. After it restarts just follow the prompts again to finish the process.

If your first option is system restore select no, which should take you to system recovery.

You want to try system recovery not system restore, unless you have good restore points!
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17 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's more stable to run the factory Recovery from HD partition than using the recovery disks, which should be reserved for HD failure or if recovery fails from HD partition.
But the 3 disks I created in the begining would be used for the actual windows 7 recovery, right? These disks have the os for the windows 7 that came with the computer? Even though I am not ready to recover the computer yet, The first disc I put in directed me to the HP Recovery center, giving me options to manage restores or perform a recovery.
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17 Jan 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Here are the steps for running HP Factory Recovery for a Windows 7 OS, listed in order of preference:

I would not use the disks unless Method One fails followed by method Two.

Quote:
Three ways to recover the PC to the original operating condition

The complete recovery process can take 4 to 6 hours or more to complete. For best results, the computer should be connected to the internet, and it will restart several times during the process. Do not turn off the power or interrupt the recovery process until the prompt to log in to Windows displays.

1. If computer can boot to the Windows desktop, launch the Recovery Manager .

2. If computer cannot boot to the Windows desktop, press f11 to launch Recovery Manager

3. Insert your personalized recovery disc or replacement recovery disc in the optical drive and start the computer .

When the recovery is complete, be sure to run the Microsoft Windows Update and the HP Advisor or HP Support Assistant to install all updated drivers and software.


1. Restore the PC to its original condition with the HP Recovery Manager from within Windows 7 If the PC can be started and opens to the Windows desktop, you can use the HP Recovery Manager on the hard drive to restore the PC to the original factory condition by following the steps below.
  1. Click Start and enter Recovery in the search field. Select Recovery Manager from the list when it becomes available. Allow the action to continue, if prompted. The HP Recovery Manager opens.
    Alternately, click Start , All Programs , Recovery Manager , and then Recovery Manager . Allow the action to continue, if prompted. The HP Recovery Manager opens.
    Click System recovery . The PC will restart and reopen the Recovery Manager.
    When the PC restarts, select the System recovery option and click Next .

    If prompted to use the Microsoft System Restore program, click No , and then click Next .
    When prompted, if you want to backup your personal files and settings, select the Back up your files first (recommended) option, and then click Next . Follow the on-screen instructions.
    When prompted to Recover without backing up your files , please STOP before clicking Next .
    WARNING:This is the final opportunity to change your mind about recovering the PC and deleting all the files and programs. Once you click Next , the restore process cannot be stopped.
  2. If you are satisfied that you want to begin the recover process, click Next . The PC immediately begins formatting the hard drive and destroying all data.
The recovery process may take up to several hours and will return the PC to its original condition. Any custom settings, drivers, software programs and updates, and/or hardware updates are lost and must be reinstalled.



2. Restore the PC to its original condition using the f11 key if Windows 7 is not accessible



If the PC cannot launch into Windows, it may still be possible to use the HP Recovery Manager on the hard drive to restore the computer to its original operating condition. The Recovery Manager can be launched during the startup process by following the steps below.
  1. Press the Power button to start the PC, and then press the f11 key when the standard BIOS prompts are displayed on the black screen.
    NOTE: Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.
    • If the HP Recovery Manager can access the recovery partition on the hard drive, a prompt to backup the user files before beginning the recovery is displayed. Follow any on-screen instructions.
    • If the HP Recovery Manager cannot access the hard drive to fix any system errors, you will need to use the personalized recovery disc that you created to recover the hard drive to its original condition.
    • If you have not created the personalized recovery disc, or the discs are corrupted, you can order a replacement recovery disc from HP.
  2. When the Recovery Manager starts, follow the step-by-step system recovery instructions shown above.
Resolving a common recovery issue.
If the Recovery Manager cannot be launched from either the desktop, or by pressing the f11 key on startup, you can use the recovery disc to restore the computer to the original operating condition in Windows 7.

3. Restore the PC to its original condition with the recovery discs

If the original operating system is changed to a non-Windows 7 OS, or if the PC cannot access the Windows desktop, or the Recovery Manager cannot be started by selecting the f11 key on startup, you can use either the personalized recovery disc that you created, or you can order a replacement recovery disc from HP to start the PC and restore the hard drive to its original operating condition.
NOTE: Performing the recovery process using the personalized recovery disc that you created may take less than an hour. Using replacement discs ordered directly from HP may take four to six hours and includes several restarts.

If the HP Recovery Manager on the disc can access the hard drive, it will attempt to repair the recovery partition. If successful, a prompt is displayed to continue running the recovery using the Recovery Manager on the hard drive. If the program on the hard drive cannot be repaired, continue using the recovery disc in the optical disc drive.






Use the recovery disc to restore the PC by following the steps below.
  1. Insert the recovery disc in the optical disc drive and start the computer.
    If the computer is running, insert the recovery disc and immediately click Start and select Restart to force the computer to start from the recovery disc.
    When prompted, Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key on the keyboard.
    Allow the recovery disc to start and load the required files while the Microsoft loading screen is displayed. It may take several minutes to load the required files.
    When the HP Recovery Manager window displays, click System recovery .
    Follow the on-screen instructions and perform the required actions.
    NOTE: Do not interrupt the recovery process even though the computer may restart, or the Windows desktop may display, or the process may appear to pause for several minutes at various times.
    • When prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to back up the user files.
    • After performing the backup, when prompted, re-insert the recovery disc, and then click Next to continue the recovery process.
      A status box is displayed to indicate the status of the recovery and the estimated time remaining.
    • If you used multiple discs when you created the personalized recovery discs, follow the prompts to remove the first disc and insert any requested discs.
    When prompted to Insert the Supplemental driver disc , take one of the following actions:
    • If you purchased a replacement recovery disc from HP, and it included a Supplemental driver disc, insert the disc and click OK or Next . The recovery program checks the supplemental disc and installs the specific needed files.
      After the Supplemental files are installed, a prompt is displayed to remove the Supplemental disc and insert the original recovery disc.
    • If you purchased a replacement recovery disc from HP, and it did not include a Supplemental driver disc, click Skip or Cancel . The recovery program will ignore the request and install the next file on the recovery disc.
    • If you created a personal recovery disc, press Next to continue.
  2. Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the recovery process.
NOTE: If you have not created a personal recovery disc, or the recovery disc fails or becomes corrupted, see HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs For Windows 7, Vista, Or XP for additional information.
Source: Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP technical support (United Kingdom - English)
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17 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Out of the 3 options to complete the recovery, which one would be the safest option to avoid problems.
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17 Jan 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

This one.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Andy M, welcome to Seven Forums!



The best, easiest way to do a factory recovery is to use the hidden partition on the Hard Disk Drive rather than the disks, have a look at this info below for the steps to do so with an HP PC and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


information   Information

HP Recovery Center

Be advised that this will take the machine back to the point when you first took it of the box.

The "HP Recovery Center" will give you the option to send to backup anything you
don't want to lose, so have backup media available to use if you choose this option.

With the machine off press the power button, as soon as you do that start tapping the F11 key.

It may take several attempts to do this, if the first attempt fails, try again.
That should take you to the HP Recovery Center. When there just follow the prompts.

It is pretty much self explanatory. From the time you boot into F11 (not counting
any backups you choose to make) you should be back on a working desktop in about
30 minutes. After it restarts just follow the prompts again to finish the process.

If your first option is system restore select no, which should take you to system recovery.

You want to try system recovery not system restore, unless you have good restore points!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2012   #10
s00

windows 7 home preminm x64
 
 

hello friends
in my PC:
1-when i press f11 not work.
2-hp recovery manager software not instal on OS
3-unfortually, i have not disk recovery.
help me for recovery my OS
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