To run the Recovery CD-DVD
1 Close any open programs. To close programs, click X in
the upper-right corner of each window.
2 Click Start on the taskbar.
3 Choose All Programs.
4 Choose PC Help & Tools.
5 Click HP PC Recovery CD-DVD Creator. The creator
6 Follow the onscreen instructions. Label each disc as you
Store the System Recovery discs in a safe place.
Using the Recovery Tools CD
Your PC allows you to create (burn) a Recovery Tools CD.
After you make the HP PC Recovery Tools CD, you can
use it to:
Read instructions to use each utility on the Recovery
Start the System Recovery program from the recovery
Remove the System Recovery partition from your PC hard
disk drive to increase space for data.
Create a new data partition on your PC hard disk drive.
Start the Microsoft Recovery Console (a utility from
Microsoft that can perform operating system diagnostics
WARNING: Before using the HP PC Recovery
Tools CD to change your hard disk drive, make
System Recovery CDs for your PC by using the
HP PC Recovery CD-DVD Creator program. You
cannot make System Recovery CDs after you
remove the system recovery partition.
You must create (burn) the Recovery Tools CD before you
can use it.
To Create or to Start the Recovery Tools CD:
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Choose All Programs.
3 Choose PC Help & Tools.
4 Click HP PC Recovery Tools CD. The tools window
5 Follow the onscreen instructions.
Store the Recovery Tools CD in a safe place.
WARNING: Try System Restore before using
the HP PC System Recovery program.
If software on your hard drive accidentally gets erased or
damaged, first use the Microsoft System Restore feature in
Windows XP to restore the PC system and program settings.
System Restore returns the PC settings to a selected restore
point without affecting user programs or document files. For
more information, type System Restore into the Search box
in Help and Support.
To Start System Restore:
1 Close all open programs.
2 Click the Start button.
3 Choose All Programs.
4 Choose Accessories.
5 Choose System Tools.
6 Click System Restore.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
Not all PC models include the Application
Recovery program. Perform steps 3 through 5 of the
following procedure. If HP Application Recovery appears in
the folder, your PC includes the program.
If an individual factory-installed application or driver
accidentally gets erased or damaged, you can reinstall the
software using the HP Application Recovery program (select
Do not use the Application Recovery program to
reinstall software programs that came on CDs or DVDs
included in the PC box. Reinstall these programs directly
from the CDs or DVDs.
To Start Application Recovery:
1 Close all applications and folders.
2 Uninstall the existing (damaged) application.
3 Click Start on the taskbar.
4 Choose All Programs.
5 Choose PC Help & Tools.
6 Click HP Application Recovery, and then click Yes.