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HP PCs - Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers that came with Windows 8.
This document describes how to save a recovery image on media that you can use to restore your computer to its original condition in case of a major problem with your computer.
HP strongly recommends that you create a recovery image on discs or save a recovery image to a USB flash drive as soon as you receive your computer. If your HP computer with Windows 8 does not have the HP recovery program, or if the recovery disc set or USB drive was not created before the recovery partition was damaged or erased, you need to find a set of the HP recovery discs that match your model number from the Internet or install a new operating system.
HP recovery software allows you to make only one recovery backup. These backup files contain the original operating system, drivers, and application software that shipped with the computer.
Media options: discs or a USB flash drive
Your computer has two options for saving a recovery image on media: DVD discs or a USB flash drive. Use the option that is most convenient for you.
Creating a recovery image on media for your HP notebook computer
HP recovery software allows you to make only one recovery backup. These backup files contain the original operating system, drivers, and application software that shipped with the computer.
Depending on the type of media you selected, use one of the following sections to save a recovery image on media.
Creating a recovery image on media for your HP desktop computer
HP recovery software allows you to make only one recovery backup. These backup files contain the original operating system, drivers, and application software that shipped with the computer.
Depending on the type of media you selected, use one of the following sections to create recovery media.
Frequently asked questions about creating a recovery image on media
Why do I get the message, "Recovery disc has been created"?
I get an error when creating a recovery image on discs, what can I do?
When I try to create a recovery image on a USB flash drive, it does not detect my USB storage device. Why?
When I create a Recovery image on media, does it save software I installed... like Office?

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