On this one, every time I try to run the built-in recovery, it goes through the motions before finally giving up with a message of not having enough space. After deleting everything I could find, I still get the same message.
I was able to create a USB recovery drive through the onboard utility but either it’s not correctly booting to that drive or the lack of free space is an issue for that as well. For that reason, I’m reluctant to spend $40 for the recovery USB stick direct from HP.
Yep, lots of ideas.
The short answer is make a disk with MS Creator tool, the long version is below.
This may require another PC.
Find and Download your .iso from…
(You will need a NON_OEM key for W7;
W8.x and W10 should activate automagically from their embedded licence key.)
For when it’s a NON MS OS ( iOS / Linux ) creating the install media.
A 3rd party site like…
Expand/Extract/Burn the iso Image onto a DVD/USB as needed.
It has NO actual HP software/drivers included, it may enable XCOPY of the C:\Users\* area onto a ‘large’ USB stick, via the Command Prompt.
You’ll need to try various drive letters; D:..-..Z: until it’s matched - could be G:, mine’s S:
C:\>XCOPY C:\Users\* S:\ /e /i /h (then files like those 3 listed below get copied over)
C:\Users\All Users\HP Deskjet 2540 series\Help\flash\zoom.swf
Then you can try System Recovery Options / Advanced Options shown in the screenshots.
NB:- W7 Try running a Startup Repair more than once for a full fix.
NB: - W10 Begin with the Automatic Repair, then Startup Settings etc.
If the above FAILS then please try:-
> It has NO actual HP software/drivers included
Thanks for the feedback. I can't seem to make the screenshots big enough to make out what they show, but I'm assuming that downloading a Win10 .iso leaves me with your comment about "It has NO actual HP software/drivers included" If so, that defeats the goal of trying to restore this to out-of-box condition.
Anybody know if there are any normally-needed directories or folders I could delete that would free up space for the recovery process to run but then be recreated by the recovery?
Well YES, that is the point.
Let us just imagine that in the spring Microsoft release an updategrade release and it's called Spring Lamb.
You manage an update of it so you are running the Latest.
In June your HDD has a problem and F11 and goto Factory Fresh, then you have to trim everything down and do the Spring Lamb updategrade and all the other updates and after about a week you are up and running.
You download the HP drivers and put them on a card, add the expanded Spring Lamb .iso to that card.
HDD problem in June, in a coupla hours you are up and running.
Of course it also gives the option to do a Repair/Recovery/Rebuild/Re-Install without wiping the drive and losing all the data that isn't stored in the cloud.
I dont have an F11 option anymore, but I do have drivers and install option.