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HP Notebook PCs - Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using Microsoft Windows Backup and Restore
If Windows is damaged, or your hard drive is corrupted, or your computer is infected by a virus, you can restore your computer to its original condition using a native Windows functionality. The Windows 7 Backup and Restore function can help you protect and recover your computer by doing the following:
Windows 7 Backup and Restore is similar to the HP Recovery Manager. To use the HP Recovery Manager, see HP Notebook PCs - Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery .
Back up your files
You should back up your files periodically in case your hard drive becomes corrupted or you accidently delete a file. You can back up your files at any time, as many times as you like to any external storage device such as a CD, DVD, external hard drive, USB drive, or network location. Windows does not recommend that you back up your files to your internal hard drive because you risk losing your files if the hard drive becomes corrupted. Storing your backup copy in a safe location away from your computer will allow you to restore your files to your computer once your computer is repaired.
To back up your files using Windows 7 Backup and Restore, follow the steps below.
Wait for a message to display indicating that the backup process is complete. Be sure to store your backup in a safe place. You should perform another backup to add any new, important files periodically. If it has been a long time since you have performed a backup, you may want to create a new, full backup .
Create a new, full backup
It is important to update your backup files over time as you add new files. If it has been a long time since your last backup, you can create a new, full backup to replace the last one.
To create a new, full backup, follow the steps below.
Perform a new, full backup any time that you add important files. To learn how to restore your files from a backup, see Restore your files from a backup .
Create a system image
A system image can restore your drives, programs, files, and system settings should your hard drive become corrupted. You would use a system image if you have a new hard drive and want to transfer all your drives, files, and system settings from your old hard drive. Since a system image is a complete copy of your hard drive, you cannot select what goes into the system image. To select individual files to back up, see Back up your files .
To create a system image, follow the steps below.
Store the system image in a safe place away from the computer, and use it when you need to restore your computer with all of your files, drivers, and software.
Create a system repair disc
Another option in the Windows 7 Backup and Recovery is to create a system repair disc. A system repair disc is a bootable disc that contains Windows recovery tools. These tools can help Windows start again if there is a serious error that prevents you from starting Windows. For example, if a virus corrupts your system and prevents you from starting Windows, the system repair disc will open a repair tool menu with options to fix the problem.
To create a system repair disc using Windows 7 Backup and Restore, follow the steps below.
Now that you have created a system repair disc, store the disc in a safe location away from the computer. Use this disc when you cannot access Windows to try to resolve the problem.
Restore from a system restore
System restore is like an Undo button. If you recently added or removed a file or program from your computer that causes some problems, you can go back to when the computer was operating properly. This option does not affect any of your personal files. It will undo the most recent update, driver, or software installation that may be causing problems.
To restore your system, follow the steps below.
After logging back into Windows, there will be a message stating that the system restore completed successfully. You may now use your computer normally.
Restore from a system image
If a system restore cannot resolve your problem or you have a new hard drive, then restoring your hard drive from a system image is the next step. When you restore your computer from a system image, you cannot choose individual files to restore, and all of your programs, system settings, and files are replaced with those on the system image. If you perform a system image to restore your computer, you will only need to replace the programs and files that were added after you created a system image.
To restore your hard drive from a system image, follow the steps below.
Choose the appropriate method of restoration based on the condition of your computer:
Your computer should now be restored to the system image that you created. If you are missing some programs and files that were added after the system image was created, reinstall the programs or restore your files from a backup that you created.
Restore your files from a backup
After performing a system image, you may be missing some of your files. Assuming that you backed up your files to an external location, follow the steps below to restore your files on your computer.
Your files should be restored onto your hard drive in the location of your choosing.
It is important to back up your files whenever you add new, important files, or if it has been awhile since you last backed up your files. As long as your files are saved in a safe, external location, you can restore your files to your hard drive at any time.
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