I bought a new H-P laptop for my wife last year.I read on the H-P website that you could create a restore DVD with a program called H-P recovery CD-DVD creator
. So i looked and there was such a program in the H-P folder in the start menu. So i created a recovery DVD for the H-P laptop. Months later she downloaded a game that really messed up the computer so i used the recovery DVD to bring it back. It worked like a charm and she had her computer back. The only problem was that some of her games disappeared even tho they were in the program files. The problem was reinstalling windows did not include the files needed to run the games. I got around this by using the original downloaded files to reinstall the games(i am a detail freak about backing up everything). The only thing i could not predict was the laptop getting stolen, so now she has a new i5 Toshiba laptop that i just made a recovery DVD with the included software on the laptop.
You should have that program on your computer simply because H-P includes it so they save a lot of work fixing the computers while they are still under warranty. When people make mistakes with their computers H-P can tell them to use the recovery disk to fix the computer.
HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP
For computers manufactured and sold in 2006 or later, based on the Microsoft licensing agreement, you can create a personal recovery disc to restore the computer to its original operating system.
If you cannot create a set of recovery discs, you might be able to order a set of replacement discs from HP. HP maintains an inventory of replacement recovery discs for several years after the product has been released. However, because of licensing restrictions, HP is only able to provide these recovery discs for a limited time. If the computer is several years past its warranty period, HP might not be able to supply replacement discs for your computer. If this is the case, you can install a new operating system that meets the minimum system requirements of your computer, or, alternatively, upgrade your computer hardware.
Do I have to purchase a replacement recovery disc?
You do not need to purchase a replacement recovery disc to return your computer to proper operating condition unless the drive is corrupted. The HP Recovery Manager, installed on your PC, allows you to recover the original operating system, or create a set of recovery discs from the special recovery partition on the hard drive.
To determine if the HP Recovery Manager is operational, press the power switch to turn on the computer, and then repeatedly press f11 during the startup. If the Recovery Manager is operational, the computer will display a prompt to either (1) recover the operating system from files stored on the recovery partition, or (2) create a set of recovery discs which does not require the purchase of a replacement recovery disc.
HP Notebook PCs - Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery