How to Factory Restore a Compaq Presario 6000 Without a Disc

Updated April 17, 2017

The Compaq Presario 6000 is a desktop PC series owned and operated by Hewlett-Packard. If your desktop encounters a severe error that cannot be troubleshooted or removed, you can restore your PC back to its factory settings. HP offers a software called "HP Recovery Manager" that allows you to restore your PC without needing any discs. Typically used as the last troubleshooting option, a factory restore removes all your personal files. Back up your data before performing this task.

Press the "Power" button to start the Compaq Presario 6000 desktop.

Press the "F11" key when you see the standard BIOS prompts on the black screen. This will launch the HP Recovery Manager.

Click "System recovery." This will restart your desktop and relaunch the Recovery Manager.

Choose the option that says "System Recovery" when the PC restarts. Click "Next" to proceed.

Click "No" when prompted to use the "Microsoft System Restore" program. Click "Next" to proceed.

Choose the "Back up your files first (recommended)" option. Click "Next." Follow the on-screen guided prompts to back up your essential files. You may use a blank DVD or an external storage device for backup purposes. Note that this step is optional if you have already backed up your files before starting the task.

Click "Next" to start the factory restore. Note that the process may take as long as 30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your hard disk.

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