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HP Notebook PCs - Recover Windows XP Operating System On Mini Notebook Using HP Recovery
Recovering or repairing Windows XP
The Mini Notebook PCs are not configured with optical disc drives. To recover or repair the operating system from a recovery Operating System Disc (OSD), you must use an external USB DVD drive. HP recommends that an external DVD-R/W drive be installed that allows you to perform backups to writable DVD-R/W discs.
An XP recovery operating system disc shipped with some mini notebooks models with XP. For models shipped with a Roxio recovery utility, see HP Mini Notebook PCs - Backup and Recovery using Roxio BackOn Track
Attach an external optical disc drive
To use an external USB disc drive, it is recommended that you use a drive that conforms to USB 2.0 or later.
Backup your personal files
To perform backups of your system in Windows XP Professional, you should use the built-in Backup utility that allows you to make copies of files and settings. You can also use the utility to back up specific files on a schedule that you choose.
To start using the Backup utility:
If you've never used the Backup utility, the first screen you will see is the Backup or Restore Wizard welcome window. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions.
Configure the boot order in the BIOS
The boot order can be configured on the Advanced tab in the BIOS settings menu. The steps for modifying the boot order may vary depending on the model of the computer.
NOTE: BIOS configurations vary depending on the computer. For further information on a specific computer, refer to the documentation provided with the computer. The BIOS settings are generally listed in the Maintenance and Service Guide on the Manuals page of this site.
Follow the steps below to configure the boot order on most computers.
Reinstall Windows XP using the Operating System Disc (OSD)
Windows XP can be reinstalled using the XP Operating System Disc included with your notebook PC or purchased separately from HP. Reinstalling the operating system may be necessary to repair catastrophic errors. Reinstalling Windows XP, which is also called recovering the operating system, is not the same process as using the Windows Restore Points.
Before beginning the recovery, or re-installation process note the following:
Follow the steps below to reinstall your operating system:
Install applications and drivers from the Application Recovery DVD
To install a specific application software or driver, insert the Application Recovery DVD in the external DVD drive and perform the following:
Once you have installed Windows XP and updated your software and drivers, you should create a restore point using Windows System Restore.
Get the latest updates from Microsoft
Microsoft Windows Update automatically downloads and installs the latest security updates and enhancements for Windows XP. Your PC will be protected from known versions of the Conficker worm after installing all available important updates from Microsoft.
To run the Windows Update utility on the web, perform one of the following:
Windows Update may require the PC to restart more than once. Repeat the steps above until Windows Update no longer identifies any important updates for your PC.
Create a System Restore point in Windows System Restore
System Restore can replace all of the current files and settings with those from a previous time without losing many of your personal data files. For example, after a new PC is started for the first time, a restore point is created. Two days later, several system files are accidentally removed causing Internet Explorer to stop working. With System Restore, you can restore Windows back to the way it was on the first day, fixing the problem.
Use the following steps to create a restore point:
For more information about Windows System Restore, including instructions on restoring the PC to a previous point, see HP Notebook PCs - Create Restore Points Using System Restore In Windows Me Or XP .
Install and update your anti-virus software
Before restoring your backup files or installing software you have purchased or downloaded separately, you should install anti-virus software on the PC. Some Mini Notebooks configured with Windows XP include Norton Antivirus 2009. For instructions on how to install Norton Antivirus 2009 and help with updating the virus definitions please see Symantec: Installing Norton AntiVirus 2009 (in English).
For other anti-virus products refer to the manufacturers Web site for instructions.
Scan and restore your backup files
Once you have installed critical drivers, updates and applications you should restore the data and files that you backed up at the beginning of this process.
CAUTION: Before copying files to your hard drive you should scan the files with the anti-virus software you installed to protect your PC. In Norton Antivirus 2009, click Scan now, then Custom scan, then Scan drives.
To restore your backup data using the Backup utility: