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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista)

This document only pertains to HP and Compaq desktop computers that came with Windows Vista. It is NOT for HP notebook computers.
This document explains how to reset the computer to its original factory shipped state. This document is divided into sections based on the different ways of performing a System Recovery. Use one of the sections that best fits your needs. Please read ALL Caution statements before attempting a System Recovery!
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It is important that you back up important files before recovering your computer. This HP recovery process also contains a backup feature you can use to backup your important data.
If your computer originally came with Windows XP and was upgraded to Vista, see Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows XP.
Performing a System Recovery completely erases and reformats the hard disk drive - this includes deleting all data files you have created and stored on the hard drive. System Recovery reinstalls the operating system, programs, and drivers. Software that was not installed on the computer at the factory must be reinstalled. Be prepared to reinstall software that was not originally included with the computer. When recovery has finished, you will need to configure an Internet connection, set up antivirus software, obtain all critical Windows updates, virus definition updates, and anti-spyware updates.
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If the computer was upgraded to Windows Vista from Windows XP, a System Recovery replaces Vista back to XP. Windows Vista will need to be reinstalled after a System Recovery.
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HP computers that ship with Microsoft Windows Vista do not come with recovery CDs. Instead, they use a space (partition) on the hard disk drive to store the recovery information. The use of a hidden partition provides a convenient process that eliminates the use of recovery discs that may be lost or scratched. Recovery discs for Windows Vista can be created by using the Recovery Manager.

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