How to Factory Restore a Compaq Presario 6000 Without a Disc

By Suvro Banerji

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.