How to Restore  Windows Vista from the HP Recovery Partition With a Boot Problem

There may come a time when you want or need to restore your HP Laptop to the original Windows Vista factory installation. Doing a system restore is a common recommendation made by H.P. tech support. Fortunately HP includes a system restore partition right on the hard drive. But if you've made changes to your laptops boot loader, like tried to dual boot it with Windows XP or Linux then the system restore utility might not boot to the recovery partition anymore. This is usually an easy problem to fix.

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Back up ALL of your files. Everything you can think of: documents, pictures, spreadsheets, emails you've downloaded that you want to save, web browser bookmarks, iTunes library etc. You can save a lot of time by investing in an external drive and copying everything to it. Otherwise you can use DVD's it will just take a little longer.

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Open the start menu, right click on computer, select management. When the computer management window opens, select storage disk management. You will see at least two partitions one will be named System Recovery.

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Right click on the System Recovery Partition and click mark as active. A warning will displayed. Marking this partition as active will restart the computer right in to the System Restore Utility.

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Shut down your laptop completely, then restart the laptop. When the system restore starts select the option for the original factory restore and follow the prompts.