What Does the HP Restore Disc Do?


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The HP restore disc lets users perform a complete system recovery in case system settings get corrupted and if the operating system crashes or fails to boot up properly. By using the HP restore disc, users can perform a factory reset, which reformats the entire hard drive, or reinstall only the necessary system files and drivers without affecting personal files.

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In addition to formatting the hard drive, the Factory Reset option reinstalls the operating system and creates an additional recovery partition to make the same process possible in the future. The System Recovery option only affects the partition housing the operating system. However, this option can remove other partitions and use the newly available space to accommodate the reinstalled operating system, if necessary.

After booting up the computer using the HP restore disc, the Recovery Manager window appears on the screen, allowing users to select the desired recovery option and choose a method for backing up personal files. Once the recovery process completes, the Recovery Manager window informs the users and prompts them to shut down or restart the computer to continue installing the operating system.

Users can obtain the HP restore disc by ordering it from the Support section on HP.com or by creating one via the Recovery Media Creation software. The only difference between using these two options is reflected in the layout of the selection screen in the Recovery Manager window.

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