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HP Pavilion TouchSmart 23-f260
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)

Hello,

 

I've recently had to replace the hard drive for my desktop PC and now I need to re-install Windows i.e. restore to factory settings.

 

Please can anyone advise me on how to proceed? i.e What not to do etc.

 

I have the full set of recovery disks, which I was able to create before the PC completely died on me.

 

Do I need anything else, or do I just press F11 at startup and launch recovery from there? 

  

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Kind regards

 

Nike

 

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Please refer to this link.

 

Scroll down to "Performing a System Recovery on Desktop and AIO PCs " then "Recover from recovery disks".

 

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Hello y2ken and many, many thanks for your input.

 

Last night, I followed what appears to be the same process you guided me to.  I reached the stage where I succesfully initiated System Recovery, but sadly, the process froze on disk 2 at 47%.

 

I've since been trying to restart recovery, but all that hapend is:

 

  1. The HP logo loads up
  2. A circle of dots start twirling below the HP logo
  3. The dots twirl for about 15 minutes
  4. The PC reboots
  5. It starts all over again.

 

It's essentially been stuck in this loop for the last few hours.

 

I've manually switched it off and an a few times, but the same thing keeps happening.

 

Help!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Please refer to this link: Troubleshooting System Recovery

 

Scroll to the section: 'Troubleshooting a Recovery form CD/DVD' then 'Recovery Process Freezes when using Recovery Disks'. Please pay paritcular attention the part about AF / Advanced Format drives.

If your old hard drive was a 'legacy' drive and the new one is an AF Format drive then that likely is your problem.

 

If your recovery disks are corrupted you can order a set of recovery disks from HP or a third party vendor.

HP Recovery Disks

RestoreDisks.com

 

 

 

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Thanks y2ken, I'll try this.

 

 

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