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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