How to Restore an HP Pavilion

An HP Pavilion may be restored to factory settings using the PC System Recovery program pre-installed on the computer. The PC System Recovery program is installed on a special partition on the computer's hard drive. The program will reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system on the computer. Restoration may be necessary if the computer's hard drive is corrupted or damaged. The computer also can be restored if it is infected with a virus.

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Back up the files on your hard drive. To do this, click “Start,” select “All Programs” and choose “System Tools.” Select “Backup and Recovery Center” and follow the instructions to back up the files.

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Close all of the programs currently running on the computer.

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Click “Start” select “All Programs” and choose “System Recovery.”

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Select “PC Recovery,” and click “OK.” Choose “Advanced Options.”

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Select “Windows System Restore” and click “Next.” Follow the PC System Recovery instructions to restore the computer to factory settings.

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Restart the computer at the PC System Recovery prompt.