Your HP computer likely has an HP Recovery partition. Newer Hewlett Packard computers give you the ability to create a set of recovery CDs or the option to perform a restore from the HP recovery partition on your hard drive created at the factory. This hidden partition holds the files necessary for the recovery. This tutorial is about recovery directly from the partition. However, you should learn how to create the recovery CDs in case anything should happen to the recovery partition on the HP computer. Learn how to create the recovery CDs here.

Creating these disks is essential and should be done before you need to repair your Hewlett Packard computer.

Access The HP Recovery Partition

The first thing you should do is backup any important data, such as pictures, music files, favorites, and anything important that you’ve saved since purchasing the computer. All new data will be lost and the system will be returned to factory condition.

Next, you’ll want to unplug any external devices, such as USB printers, cameras or scanners. These devices could interfere with the recovery process.

HP Recovery Partition

There are a couple of ways to reach the recovery screen. The easiest will be to tap the F10 key repeatedly when booting the PC. This will take you to a screen to begin the process. Or, once in Windows, you can go to Start>All Programs>HP Tools>HP PC System Recovery.

HP Recovery Partition Conclusion

Follow the onscreen instructions. The process may take an hour or two depending on the size of the hard drive. Once complete, your HP computer should be reverted to the original factory condition. If you have questions on how to access the HP Recovery partition, join our free forums and ask. Or you can read our other HP computer tutorials for different suggestions on how to perform an HP recovery.