How to Use HP Recovery Discs


Most Hewlett-Packard computers come standard with recovery discs that can be used to restore your computer to its original factory condition if something within the operating system were to malfunction. It may be necessary to restore your computer in this manner if your computer has been attacked by a hacker or infected with multiple viruses. It may also be prudent to restore your computer just to clean out any old files, programs or settings that may be slowing down your machine.

Things You'll Need

  • HP recovery disc


  • Turn off your computer. Do not insert the recover disc at this time.

  • Disconnect any device attached to your computer (speakers, printers, etc.), leaving only your keyboard, mouse and monitor attached.

  • Press the power button on the machine.

  • Press the F1 key on your keyboard as soon as you see the HP logo appear on the screen. Repeatedly press the key until the BIOS appears.

  • Use your keyboard’s right arrow key to navigate to the “Boot” settings menu.

  • Use your keyboard’s down arrow key to highlight the “Boot Device Priority” option. Press Enter.

  • Highlight the CD-ROM or DVD drive and use the keyboard’s "+" sign to move it to the top of the list.

  • Place the recovery disc in the CD or DVD drive at this time.

  • Press the Enter button on your keyboard to save the new boot priority and exit the BIOS.

  • Boot from the CD or DVD drive when prompted when the computer restarts.

  • Follow the on-screen directions to begin the recovery process.

  • Do not click the “OK” button when you are prompted to insert the second recovery disc. This will end the recovery process and you will have to start over. Simply insert the second disc and wait for the recovery application to recognize the new CD.

  • Reconnect any peripheral devices to your computer once the recovery process is complete. In most cases, you will need to reinstall the drivers and software needed to operate those devices.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that this is a destructive method of recovery, meaning you will lose any and all data you have on your computer. Before you attempt a system recovery, be sure to back up your music, photos, videos and other documents.
  • When the recovery process is finished, your computer will be restored to its original factory condition. This means that any updates you have installed will have to be reinstalled. If your recovery discs are older, you will have many critical updates from Microsoft to install. Be sure to turn on Windows Automatic Updates when prompted to do so when you first restart your computer.

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