How to Restore an HP Laptop With Windows XP Back to Original Factory Settings

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Hewlett-Packard makes home and office equipment, including a line of HP laptops. If you have an older HP laptop, it is probably running Windows XP, and there may come a time when you need to reset the clock on your laptop. Whether it is from a virus that has damaged some files, or another bug you can't get rid of, you may need to do a complete computer restore, which will take your HP laptop back to factory settings. Fortunately, you can do this easily with the Windows XP operating system.

Things You'll Need

  • HP laptop with Windows XP
  • Plug the HP laptop in to a power source, and turn it on. A system recovery can be time-consuming and you should not rely on battery power.

  • Close any programs that might open on startup.

  • Click "Start" on your desktop, and then "All Programs."

  • Select "System Recovery," and then select "PC Recovery." When you are presented with more options, select "PC Recovery" again.

  • Wait for the HP laptop to restart. When it does, you will see a "Welcome to PC Recovery" screen. Select "OK" to continue with the recovery process. At this point, another "System Recovery" panel will open.

  • Select "System Recovery," and at this point the HP laptop will begin reformatting back to its original factory settings. This may take some time, so be patient.

  • Restart the HP laptop when you are prompted to do so.

Tips & Warnings

  • Back up all files and programs before doing a system recovery.
  • An HP laptop system recovery should be a last resort, because you will lose all data and files that you have stored on the computer.

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