How to Restore the HP Mini to Factory

By Tyson Cliffton

The HP Mini laptop comes with either the Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system. You can restore the HP Mini to its factory settings using the laptop's recovery partition. Restoring the HP Mini to its original factory settings will get rid of hard to eliminate viruses on the laptop's hard drive. A factory restoration is also a good way to get rid of older files still stored on the computer that you no longer need and start with a clean slate.

Windows Vista

Step 1

Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of your HP Mini Windows Vista home screen, then type "Recovery" into the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu.

Step 2

Click "Recovery Manager" in the list of options that appears above the Search box. The HP Recovery Manager will open.

Step 3

Click "Advanced Options" and then "System Recovery."

Step 4

Click "Next." Your HP Mini will restart. The HP Recovery Manager will open up automatically after the restart is complete.

Step 5

Click "System Recovery," and then click "Next." Click "No" if a message pops up on your screen asking if you want to use Microsoft System Restore.

Step 6

Select "Recover without backing up your files," and then click "Next." The restoration process begins. This could take between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of your hard drive and how much information you have stored on it. The HP Mini will restart when the laptop has been restored to its original factory settings, and you will be prompted to set up Windows Vista.

Windows 7

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon in the lower-left corner of your HP Mini Windows 7 home screen. Click "All Programs" and then click "Recovery Manager."

Step 2

Click "Recovery Manager" again to open the HP Recovery Manager program.

Step 3

Click "System Recovery" from the list of options beneath the "I need help immediately" section on the left side of the program. The HP Mini will automatically restart and open the HP Recovery Manager.

Step 4

Click "System Restore," and then click "Next." Click "No" if a message pops up on your screen asking if you want to use Microsoft System Restore.

Step 5

Select "Recover without backing up your files," and then click "Next." The restoration process could take between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of your hard drive and how much information you have stored on it. The HP Mini will restart when the laptop has been restored to its original factory settings, and you will be prompted to set up Windows Vista.

Tips & Warnings

  • Restoring your HP Mini to its original factory settings will erase any personal data and programs currently installed on the laptop. Make sure you backup important files and data, and have the installation discs to install any programs after you restore your HP Mini.