12-05-2011 09:44 AM
Many users would prefer a clean install of Windows with the option to install only those applications that they personally find useful. Currently, if performing a clean install of Windows -- even if creating recovery disks and maintaining the HP recovery partition -- it is not possible to access the Recovery Manager with the option to re-install only the drivers and any useful preinstalled software. The only options under these circumstances is to perform a system restore back to the factory state thus removing an separate clean installation of the operating system or reinstalling the limited number of drivers and applications available for the TouchSmart from HP Support.
If it were possible to reinstall the HP Recovery Manager software, it should also be possible to selectively re-install needed drivers and applications from the recovery partition using the "Software Program Reinstallation" and "Hardware Driver Reinstallation" options. These options are not available from the boot menu or reinstall disks.
I have found downloads for the Recovery Manager software specific for Windows Vista and for certain specific HP laptops running WIndows 7, but I have been unable to locate a similar download for the TouchSmart 610 AIO. Has anyone located a download of the HP Recovery Manager software applicable for the TouchSmart 610?
10-13-2012 12:32 PM - edited 10-14-2012 01:17 AM
This procedure uses the original factory installed HP OEM Windows product key and HP OEM certificate and requires the HP BIOS to have SLP/SLIC v2.1. This procedure will install a completely clean Windows 7 installation and may require the installation of HP drivers. Some HP drivers and/or HP software needed by your computer may not install because the OS is no longer branded as "HP". Please create your personal HP Recovery Disc set before continuing with these instructions. Back-up all of your personal data and files before proceeding with this process.
1) Download and unzip ABR Beta for Windows 7. Here is the main page to ABR for Windows Vista. Please follow the "How to use it" section for information and instructions on how to use it. These steps apply to Windows 7 as well. Perform the "activation backup" on your original hard drive with the factory HP OEM Windows installation, saving the backup files in several locations (USB stick, SD card, external drive, etc.).
2) Download your version (the version that was preinstalled on your HP computer) of Windows 7 from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River. Using the built-in Windows 7 CD/DVD burning software, burn the downloaded Windows 7 ISO image to a DVD.
3) Install Windows 7 from your new "Windows 7 disc" to your SSD, following all prompts as needed. Don't enter a Windows product key and don't allow Windows to try to auto-activate. After the Windows installation is complete, run ABR "activation restore" to "install" the previously backed up product key and certificate. Verify that Windows is activated, if not activated... repeat "activation restore" until Windows 7 is activated.
I, personally, have used the above procedure with great success on many HP desktops and laptops. I can't comment on how well it works with HP TouchSmart computers as I haven't had one to experiment on until recently.
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