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How to restore to factory defaults HP laptop?


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I just got a used HP laptop, it's less than a year old, and I want to reformat and restore it back to factory new preset.

(XP SP2) I can log in as guest, and see Restore is on the D drive.

How do you access the restore to get it started? anybody.

looking on the HP support, it showed pressing F11 at start up, but that does nothing.
it is a pavilion dv1000.

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I have a 3 month old HP nx6310 laptop with recovery partition so the recovery methods may be similar.

I guess you do not have the set of recovery disks which can be made (once only) when the computer is new.

As the F11 option does not work for you the alternative from within Windws may, but as you are logged in as Guest I rather doubt it.

Anyway the instructions are ....

Start > All Programs > HP Backup and Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager ....

This is where your problems may start - most likely you will need a password.

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Pete,

Thanks, you are right, as guest the HP Backup and Recovery Manager is not there.

no, I don't have the recovery disks and don't see any way to create them. no password.

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Hoot,

I don't know if this is what you tried or not, but it might be worth a try if you haven't. I've used it before to create recovery discs when faced with a similar situation for a friend, it came from the HP support site.


Creating the recovery discs from the Command Prompt
Use the following steps to create a Recovery CD set without starting Windows:
NOTE: You cannot create recovery DVDs using this method.

Turn on the PC and repeatedly press the F11 key when the HP logo appears.
On the recovery screen, click Advanced Options.
Press the Alt and the D keys at the same time. The command prompt will appear.
Type c: at the prompt and press the Enter key.
Type cd windows at the prompt and press the Enter key.
Type cd creator at the prompt and press the Enter key.
Type the following command exactly as it is shown here (including quotation marks and space): "CD Creator.exe".
Click Start Creation and follow the directions to create the Recovery CD set.

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thanks, I found that also, and have tried the F11 key many times and it does nothing, I get no recovery screen, it just continues on to starting up XP.

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Originally Posted by HooT
I just got a used HP laptop, it's less than a year old, and I want to reformat and restore it back to factory new preset.

(XP SP2) I can log in as guest, and see Restore is on the D drive.
Can you contact the seller? Possible they could provide a password with admin. privileges. If he is reluctant to provide them, can you take the computer back and the previous owner types in the correct password. Then run HP restore option at his location. When restore is finished, you should be able to create your own password / admin account.

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Thanks, I got the password and now loged in as an admin, and I still can't find any HP Backup and Recovery Manager.
the only back up software on here is Nero, and it doesn't look like anything has been backed up.

can't I just run one of the files in the D: recovery drive and get the restore started?


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can't I just run one of the files in the D: recovery drive and get the restore started?
Guess so - but which file I can't say. I can access my recovery partition, but am greeted by an HP warning about altering/deleting files and have not found a way past that yet.

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I finally found it.
incase some one else is searching for this later.

it was a hidden file in D:\HP_Recovery\MiniNT\System32\start.exe

after I clicked that start.exe file open, a message came up that said somthing like "getting the drive ready", and then I was able to reboot and make the F11 key work.
after that it was a breeze, no disks needed.
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Thanks for the update - must try to remember that should I ever need it

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