How to Restore an HP Without a Recovery Disk

By Tyson Cliffton

If you want to speed up a slow HP computer, initiate the restoration process and elect to back up your personal files. This will get rid of old system files you no longer need that are slowing down your machine. However, if your computer is plagued by viruses, choose to restore your computer without backing up personal files and settings. This will restore your computer back to its original factory settings, and should remove any viruses that are giving you headaches.

Windows 7

Step 1

Turn off your HP Windows 7 computer and disconnect all of the cables with the exception of the power cord, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Restart the computer.

Step 2

Click the "Start" icon in the lower-left corner and click "All Programs."

Step 3

Click "Recovery Manager" and then click "Recovery Manager" again. If a message pops up asking if you are sure you want to continue, click "Yes."

Step 4

Click "System Recovery" beneath the "I need help immediately" section on the left side of the Recovery Manager screen. Select "Yes" to confirm that you want to restart you computer, and click "Next."

Step 5

Backup your personal files and settings by selecting "Back up your files first (recommended)." Click "Next." If you would like to do a clean restore back to your HP computer's original factory settings, select "Recover without backing up your files" and click "Next." The system recovery process will be initiated.

Step 6

Click "Finish" when a message appears telling you that your system restore is complete. Your computer will be restarted and you can begin setting up Windows 7.

Windows Vista

Step 1

Follow Steps 1 through 3 in Section 1.

Step 2

Click "Advanced Options" in the HP Recovery Manager menu. Select "System Recovery" and click "Next." Your computer will restart. Recovery Manager will re-open automatically when the restart is complete.

Step 3

Select "System Recovery" and click "Next." If you are prompted to use Microsoft System Restore, choose "No." Select "Back up your files first" if you want to back up your personal files and settings and have them imported into the new installation. Follow the Recovery Manager instructions to make sure any important files you have on your computer are restored after your hard drive is formatted. Select "Recover without backing up your files" to revert your computer to its original factory settings.

Step 4

Click "Next." The restoration process will begin and your computer will restart automatically when the process is complete. You can begin setting up Windows Vista.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not turn off your computer during the restoration process. This could cause permanent damage to your HP computer's hard drive.