In case your Windows is acting weird, is extremely slow or fails to load, you may want to restore the device to factory default condition. In addition to that, you may want to reset the device if it changes ownership (donations, presents, etc)
This is possible thanks to special hidden recovery partition(s) stored locally in your computer's HDD. If they are present and intact, you do not need to use additional media, DVDs, USB drives. The process, known as HP System Recovery, removes all hard drive data and reinstalls the original operating system, drivers and preinstalled apps.
HP Recovery Manager can be accessed from the Windows Start Menu or by tapping F11 key immediately after powering on the notebook/PC.
HP has detailed documents explaining the process for
- Windows 10 only => https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04742289
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 => https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00006110
- RECOMMENDED => HP Guided Solutions (Windows 7, 8, 10) => http://hp.dezide.com/ts/start.jsp?guide=HPSystemRecovery.net§ion=ccweb&sfs=tdoc&lc=en
Performing clean "vanilla" installation of Windows may also be possible. Feel free to ask in the HP Community.