Best way to do a total restore

By breezyseaz
Oct 10, 2011
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  1. After doing some more searching around on the laptop I found it has a full recovery built in. I've done that but won't know until tomorrow after my son uses it if it's back like it was originally.

    (first post I posted) This is my sons laptop, he's in the Marines and this laptop has been in Afghanistan and used for lots of music etc. and he's home now and I'd like to restore it back to like it was when new. It has become slow/lags in the past week.

    Pavilion dm4 notebook
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Intel Core i5 CPU M430 @2.27GHz 2.27GHz
    Memory 4GB
    64 bit

    I do not want Microsoft office on here I'd like to run openoffice.
    I use Comodo firewall and avast antivirus (both I'm sure are out of date)
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +33

    According to hp, that model should have recovery-partition built-in and HP recovery manager software inside Windows 7. There are 3 types of recovery:

    Additionally there are 3 methods of recovery: press F11 to perform immediate recovery, using hp recovery software inside windows, or using recovery discs.

    all of them are described here: hp support page

    dont forget to double-check your backup before performing recovery. good luck

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