How to restore your PC using HP System Recovery tool in Windows 8

If you are an owner of a HP Windows 8 PC, you may want to bookmark this video tutorial, because HP happens to have its own recovery tool. Since chances are that at one point or another your computer will catch a virus or system failure will occur, you’ll need to restore your notebook or desktop to its factory state.

In my opinion with Windows 8 isn’t very practical that manufactures still offer their own software to do something that works perfectly fine to begin with, they just added another unnecessary software layer. But if you don’t have another choice, the above video will walk you through the necessary steps to successfully recover your Windows 8 PC to its original state using the HP System Recovery tool.

One thing worth noticing is that with the latest Microsoft’s OS the “HP Recovery Manager” now offers three types of recovery including: System Recovery, Factory Reset which erases the entire hard drive and restores the PC with the factory image; and surprisingly it also offers the Minimized Image Recovery, which restores only the operating system and drivers — equivalent to a Windows 8 clean install –, something the company faded out after they stopped shipping the restore discs with new computers, but now it seems to be back.

Keep in mind, though, that after performing a system recovery, you’ll need to reinstall all of your applications that you previously installed and you’ll need to restore all of your documents. For more information head over this HP web page which details how everything works.

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  • MikeThePCTech

    How do you restore the files that were backed up?

    • Mauro

      Once you restore the operating system, simply copy and paste the data back to the PC or use the software you utilized to backup the data to restore.


      • MikeThePCTech

        Thanks for the response. After much searching I found what must be done:
        HP System Recovery stores the backed up files as WIM files. I had the back up sent to an external hard drive. I had to copy and paste the files to a folder on the computer hard drive, but they are still not useable. As the video shows there is not an option given to restore the files back to the original file types.

        When you open the folder that contains the WIM files you must scroll to the bottom of the list where you will find a file named RecoveryMgr. Click on this file to begin converting the WIM files back to the original file types.

  • Tricia

    If your HP is having issues, particularly the blue screen of death, the
    minimized recovery is the best option. I was having a BSOD issue every
    time I ran anything video intensive after 4 days of troubleshooting with
    both HP and Microsoft, including a factory reset, problem was not fixed
    and everyone was baffled as to why it was happening. While HP was
    filing my warranty claim online, I had to pull the battery, forgot it
    wasn’t plugged in, and crashed it. When I booted back up, the recovery
    manager started and gave me the option to perform the minimized
    recovery. Something HP never tried with me so I figured couldn’t hurt to
    try. This time, problem cured, no BSOD when running video intensive
    programs. Evidently one of the many apps that come pre-installed on the
    HP’s is incompatible with the OS. HP forums are filled with people
    contacting them on how to fix and no success. My son’s HP was having
    same issue, performed the same minimized recovery and problem gone. HP
    had no idea it was one of their own apps causing their computers to
    crash. Go figure.