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Using the Windows recovery tools
To recover information you previously backed up, follow these steps:
Select Start > All Programs > Maintenance > Backup and Restore Center.
Follow the on-screen instructions to recover your entire computer (select models only) or your
Windows includes the User Account Control feature to improve the security of your
computer. You may be prompted for your permission or password for tasks such as installing
software, running utilities, or changing Windows settings. Refer to Help and Support for more
To recover your information using Startup Repair, follow these steps:
Using Startup Repair completely erases hard drive contents and reformats the hard
drive. All files you have created and any software installed on the computer are permanently
removed. When reformatting is complete, the recovery process restores the operating system, as well
as the drivers, software, and utilities from the backup used for recovery.
If possible, back up all personal files.
If possible, check for the presence of the Windows partition or the HP Recovery partition. To find
the partitions, select Start > Computer.
If the Windows partition and the HP Recovery partition have been deleted, you must
recover your operating system and programs using the Windows Vista operating system DVD
and the Driver Recovery disc (both purchased separately). For additional information, refer to
the “Using a Windows Vista operating system DVD (purchased separately)” section.
Restart the computer, and then press
before the Windows operating system loads.
Select Repair your computer.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
For additional information on recovering information using the Windows tools, perform a
search for these topics in Help and Support.
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