Remove viruses or just start from scratch by recovering your HP Compaq 2710p notebook with Windows Vista to its factory settings. If you plan on selling or giving away your notebook, you should also recover its factory settings to remove personal files or programs containing sensitive information.
Back Up Files
Before you start recovery, back up your files using the HP Recovery Manager. Restart or turn on your computer and press "F8" repeatedly until you are redirected to the HP Recovery Manager. Click "Advanced Options" and then click "Backup computer files." Plug in an external device with enough free space to store your backup file. You can restore these files using the HP Recovery Manager after you recover your notebook's factory settings.
Microsoft System Restore
Restore your HP Compaq 2710p notebook using Microsoft System Restore before you recover your computer. Accessed through the HP Recovery Manager, Microsoft System Restore will give you a list of restore points on your machine that indicate when software on your notebook was installed or updated. Select one of the restore points to roll your computer back to its settings as of that day. Often, software installed after the date your notebook is being rolled back to doesn't work properly. Uninstall it prior to rolling back your computer's settings and reinstall it after your system is restored.
You can recover your HP Compaq 2710p notebook using the hidden recovery partition on the hard drive or by using recovery discs. The recovery partition houses the HP Recovery Manager program. Access the program by pressing "F8" repeatedly while the computer is booting up. Alternately, you can access HP Recovery Manager from within Windows Vista by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager" and then "Recovery Manager" again. You can also access the HP Recovery Manager by using recovery discs. Because they aren't provided with this notebook, you must create them using the HP Recovery Manager or order them directly from HP. Place the first recovery disc in the notebook's optical drive and restart the computer. The notebook will boot up to the HP Recovery Manager.
Recover From Recovery Partition
Recover your HP Compaq 2710p notebook with Windows Vista using the recovery partition by clicking "Advanced Options and then selecting "System Recovery." Click "Next" to restart the notebook, which will boot up to the HP Recovery Manager. Select "System Recovery" and then click "Next." Select "No" and then click "Next" when prompted to use Microsoft System Restore. Select "Recover without backing up your files" and then click "Next." The recovery process takes between 15 and 45 minutes. When it's finished, the notebook will restart and boot up to the Windows Vista set-up screen.
Recover Using Recovery Discs
Place the first recovery disc in the optical drive and restart the notebook if you're using the recovery discs. Press any key when the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" message appears onscreen, and the HP Recovery Manager will appear. Click "Advanced Options," select "System Recovery" and then click "Next." The computer will restart and boot up to the HP Recovery Manager. Click "System Recovery" and then click "Next." Select "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next." Insert and remove the discs in your recovery disc set as prompted. The recovery process takes between 15 and 45 minutes. When the process is finished, the notebook will boot up to the Windows Vista set-up screen.
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