HP Pavilion System Recoveryby Star PollardUpdated September 28, 2017
The HP Pavilion is one of Hewlett Packard’s top-selling models HP computers, according to Best Brand to Buy. This line of computers initially hit the market in 1995 and has since been upgraded and updated with many great features, including the HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager allow you to recover your system in the event of a virus or other malware, accidental file deletion or a corrupted operating system. Recovering your system on the HP Pavilion is easy even for a novice computer user and will restore your computer back to its factory-shipped condition.
Why You May Need System Recovery
There are several reasons that you may want to do a full and complete system recovery on you rHP Pavilion. If you inadvertently delete a file or remove a required component to a program, for example, you may want to restore your computer to an earlier state where all the files were available and the system worked properly.
If you notice that your computer begins running sluggishly, or you are experiencing an increased number of popups while perusing the Internet and your anti-virus software hasn’t detected any problems, you may have a form of malicious software that you need to remove.
Other reasons you may want to do a system recovery on your HP Pavilion include the corruption of your operating system or problems with your hard drive that you can’t repair. Doing a system recovery will restore to your computer back to its initial state upon purchase, which means you will lose any software programs that you may have installed since purchase as well as the deletion of any files and materials you saved subsequent to purchase. Therefore, before completing a system recovery, it is recommended that you back up all important documents and write down all of the serial numbers for each of the software programs that you installed.
Using the HP Backup and Recovery Manager
If you are already logged onto your computer, you may use the HP Backup and Recovery Manager that comes pre-installed on your HP Pavilion computer. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager backs up data and applications and allows you to create recovery discs (CDs or DVDs) to maintain a backup of your complete system as factory-shipped. To access it, go to the Start Menu and in the dialog box, type "Recovery". This will bring up a dialog box with the option to select "System Restore." After you click on it, you will be prompted to do a Microsoft System Restore. Select "no" and click "Next," which will take you to the option to back up your files you’ll want to do. After doing this, click "Next" to begin the system recovery process of reformatting your hard drive and destroying all data on your HP Pavilion.
Corrupted or Inoperable Operating System
If your operating system stops working or becomes infected or inaccessible for any reason, you may do a system recovery on your HP Pavilion by booting your computer and pressing "F11" as it starts. This will open the HP Recovery Manager as long as you are able to access the recovery partition on your hard drive. You will know this immediately if you get an error indicating the file can’t be accessed. In the event this happens, you will need to use the recovery discs you completed when you purchased the computer or order a replacement from hp.com.
Using Recovery Discs
In the event that you are unable to access the HP Backup and Recovery program, you may also perform a system recovery on your HP Pavilion directly using your recovery discs. Recovery discs don’t come with the computer, but are easily created at any time you access the HP Backup & Recovery Manager. If you didn’t create backup discs, you may order replacements at hp.com.
Once you have your recovery discs, you will insert them into the computer. Restart your computer for it to open in recovery mode. If you use the system recovery CDs or DVDs that you created, you will need to follow the prompts to enter them in the proper order.HP’s disks don’t require this additional step.
Check Condition Afterward
Once you have performed the system recovery, you will need to check the condition of your HP Pavilion and ensure that everything installed correctly. To do this, you will open the HP Backup & Recovery Manager. Select "Advanced Options," next check "Computer Checkup" and hit "next." You will then select the type of test you would like performed on your computer–memory test and a disc check of your HP Pailion’s windows partition.
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