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Set the D Recovery as Active

I can't seem to find instructions anywhere on how to set the D partition recovery as active so I can reinstall my windows

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  • metal_923 Oct 31, 2008

    its a HP Pavilion 1312n Desktop and the partition is D: I had a backup of it the whole system on an external but I used a windows xp home version and it doesn't seem to have the backup utility so I can't back up from the external

  • dcomputerman May 11, 2010

    What is your system and what's the software on the recovery partition?


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My computer is saying that the system is not fully installed and all I want to do is to resite it to its factory settings

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The HP Recovery Partition that comes pre-installed on most new HPs is like built-in insurance if your system becomes unstable or fails.
If the problem is severe enough, you may not be able to start the HP Desktop Recovery Manager from Windows but you can start it manually by following the steps below.

Disconnect all peripheral devices and power on the computer.
Press the F11 key after the computer first powers on to start the HP Recovery Manager.

Follow the on-screen instructions to back up recoverable files on the hard drive to an external drive or media.
Continue following the instructions to recover the hard drive to its original factory condition.
Click "Finish" when the recovery is complete.
Reconnect devices and reboot the computer.
Reinstall software and update Windows and HP to current settings.

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HP Pavilion Recovery Partition
Accessing the recovery partition on your HP Pavilion laptop allows you to restore your computer to speed it up, eliminate a virus or repair your Windows operating system.
The Recovery Manager program makes it possible to restore your laptop to its settings as of a previous date or restore your computer to its original factory settings, which will erase all of your installed programs and personal data.
Using the recovery partition allows you to bypass the hassle of keeping track of recovery discs, which could be damaged in storage, rendering them useless when you need them.

Turn on or restart your HP Pavilion laptop.
Press "F11" when the "Press <F11> for recovery" message appears during the HP Pavilion boot process.
Select "Recovery Manager" from your list of recovery options and press "Enter."
The Recovery Manger program will open on your screen, and you can begin the recovery process.
Access Recovery Manager Within Windows
Click the "Start" icon or "Start" button in the lower left corner of your Windows home screen.
Click "All Programs" and then "Recovery Manager."
Click "Recovery Manager" again to open the Recovery Manager program on your HP Pavilion laptop.
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Hello HP do have a built in recovery option, restart the computer and press F11, if not and you can get onto your computer go to:

Start - Run - type compmgmt.msc then type enter
then disk management
find the recovery partition it should be seperate from C:
mark the recovery partition as active
then restart and press F11

if it still does not work you you can always go to this link:

or you can just reinstall windows but make sure you download the drivers for your computer.

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I have restored BIOS defaults and believe in doing so moved OS to D: and recovery to C: so now can't access Recovery by pressing F11 on boot. I think this is because I've messed about. Any help...

Can you still get into windows on the system? If you can, there is a chance you can force the recovery partition to boot. What you do is go into the control panel and select Administrative Tools / Computer Management. Under Storage select Disk Management. Now highlight the recovery partition and right click it. (Recovery Partitions usually are no more then 10GB in size and may have no Drive letter associated with them, and may be labeled as hidden or "unknown") Select Mark Partition as Active.
If you can not get into windows and would still like to try marking the recovery partition as active then reefer to this link for a couple alternative options (requires downloading a boot CD)
Now reboot the PC and press F11 or F10, F12 etc.., which ever command is supposed to get you into the recovery mode. In most cases this should now work.
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To resolve this issue, consider the following steps:
  1. Boot up the computer with a Microsoft Windows 98 boot up disk or Windows XP recovery console. Select the correct bootup device before you do that.
  2. At the DOS command prompt, type in: fdisk
  3. Now, you will be prompted with the following question

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  5. Now to check for active partition, enter: 2

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  6. If there's no active partition set, enter the number of the partition to make active

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