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Restore factory default on HP mini laptop.

How to restore factory default on HP mini laptop? The laptop "mini 1120NR" got a preset owner name and password which I cannot change. Is there a way to restore it to its original factory default mode?

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  • singher z Apr 17, 2009

    Thanks for the help, but I tried and it didn't work because some F10 menu items cannot be reset (and not even selectable). So, I ended up downloading a OS restore file and created a reboot CD to repartition the whole thing, which of course erased everything previously installed. It seems the only way to go and now I got a clean PC basically.

    Hope this would help someone else. Basically HP mini cannot be reset on its own, but need a total OS restore.


  • singher z Aug 19, 2009

    Sorry everyone that I don't have the solution to get back to mini original setting. What I ended up to do was finding a totally different OS (Ubuntu Linux) restore image to make a restore CD and then completely wipe out the mini HP OS and started totally fresh then.

    It seems the only way then for me to make using that mini pc possible. So, what I can suggest is that you too find some OS restore image file to make a restore CD and start from the scratch. You might be able to find a Windows restore image file to work with rather than a Linux one.

    Good luck guys!



  • singher z Aug 20, 2009

    Hi, guys! I really don't have a way to restore the mini to the original factory setting. Instead, what I ended up doing was finding a different OS restore image file (Ubuntu Linux) to make a restore CD, which upon running a full partition wiped out HP mini OS completely and started fresh with Linux OS. It seemed for me as the only way to make it work then.

    So, my suggestion is that you search online to see if you can locate a Windows image file to make a restore disk, rather than Linux one. Just forget about the factory setting! It's really not worth it to spend over $100 for that, and I don't even like that HP mini's OS anyway, which is intended for totally PC dummies.

    Good luck!

  • zayzay825 Nov 06, 2009

    hello i put a background from goggle on my mini and i want the old background HOW DO I DO IT

  • Daniel McMillian
    Daniel McMillian Dec 26, 2013

    Please help me!!??? I don't know how to factory reset my hp mini laptop. Any one got some suggestions. PLEASE HELP IM GETTING SO FRUSTRATED.....

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Hey guy's stop wasting your time on asking stupid questions! The hidden system recovery for HP mini 110 is this~
1st - Make it sure the Adapter and the Battery is already attached on your laptop.
2nd - Press the power button to turn it on.
3rd - When you see the HP logo on screen just easily press F6 rapidly.
4th - Stop pressing the F6 when the "Windows Starting" appears on.
5th - After that easily read all the useful instructions on how to system restore your HP mini 110.

Note: Don't mind the Dell, F10 or anything just do this ok?

Tech.Support ~ jhayr

Posted on Jul 19, 2010

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  • MX Geek Gal Nov 13, 2010

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This solution saved me big bucks to have someone else fix the netbook, and saved me hours of trying other solutions that were much more involved and destructive to the data. This worked like a charm, and I have restored and undone to the correct restore point, even though it does contain viruses and trojan horses. Note to self: make sure everyone in the house has a protected device, not just you - this was my husband's. Will get those bad bugs taken care of and hope all will be 100% again. Thanks!!!

  • lauw_bros Jan 12, 2011

    Thank You Very much ^_^V

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    Timothy Owens Sep 27, 2011

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    Timothy Owens Sep 27, 2011

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  • petermbowen
    petermbowen May 08, 2012

    wow thanks man, nothing worked until i tried your solution, computer went back to factory restore point with free anti virus and everything. thank you!!!1.....

  • Valerie Reazola
    Valerie Reazola Mar 14, 2014

    Worked for me! Thanx ;)

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I have the solution, fist connect the laptop to the ac adapter then turn it on and start pressing the F6 key (press then release, press then release a few times) then it will go to the recovery partition that is hidden, then just follow the on screen instructions. let me know if it works for you. or if you need more help contact me at hibatz@hotmail.com

Posted on Mar 26, 2010

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  • qdogstyle Mar 13, 2011

    Thanks a Ton this was very helpful:)

  • timeteacher Mar 14, 2011

    After all the websites, forums, HP technical guides, you are the genius. F6. The miracle button. Genius status to you. The HP mini notebook is different than other laptop/notebooks that use F11 guys. This person knows his stuff. Thank you hibatz.

  • gypsylove Aug 15, 2011

    YOU PEOPLEARE ALL ON CRACK!!! DOES NOT WORK, YA DUMB A**'s

  • jordan_kantr
    jordan_kantr Nov 12, 2012

    your the dumb ****, it does work. assbag

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Mini DOES have factory restore capability, Press F11 repeatedly after restart (may need to go through HP's quickstart overlay 1st ie: start windows)
Then Recovery Manager loads and you can pick "Factory Image Recovery" or utilize other options.

info from: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00810334&tmp_task=solveCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&site=null&document=&key=null&product=4041526#N128

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  • Mayoshaq Feb 21, 2011

    Thank You! This was perfect

  • Steve Mather Feb 28, 2013

    Yes. This is the druids we have been looking for. So simple a wookie could do it.

  • joy156 Feb 16, 2014

    No, F11 is not working for me. I have tried all the F keys and none bring up the restore. Do you have any other suggestions? Thx

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SINGHERZ,

CAN YOU HELP ME RESTORE A HP MINI 110-1037NR BACK TO FACTORY SETTINGS? PLEASE GIVE ME A STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION ON HOW YOU DID IT?

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Te mini should have a small hidden restore partition. Re-start the computer and press the F10 key when you see the HP start screen. this should take you into the HP recovery console. Follow the onscreen instructions to restore factory defaults.

Good Luck.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • Michael Inn Nov 19, 2010

    it's actually the F11 key.

  • Steve Mather Feb 28, 2013

    Yes. This is the druids we have been looking for. F11 for the hp mini. So simple a wookie can do it.

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The recovery option comes when you press F5

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Hibatz is right, bravo hibatz. Continuously clicking F6 just after turning on the computer resolves the problem. Thanks hibatz.

Posted on May 26, 2010

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CTRL-F10 does the trick for systems made by Dell, maybe you need to do the same thing.

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Pressing the F10 key or any other F# key does not provide restore options. I tried every F# key because I thought the same thing. I contacted Best Buy where it was purchased and they want $130 to restore the hard drive.

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

  • joy156 Feb 16, 2014

    same here, any F# does not bring up restore on my mini

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Going through some of these fixes with my HP 311-1037NR with built in verizon wireless aircard it seems f6 repeatedly openes th Memory diag. press and hold f10 opens the bios. PRESS AND HOLD F11 OPENS TH SYSTEM RECOVERY. In this the computer will format the hard drive reinstall the factory software. I takes a good while though and there is a option to back your stuff up.. but i did that way before trying to restore my laptop. Good Luck..

PS. dont forget to have your charger pluged in and do this as soon as you see HP

Posted on Sep 17, 2011

  • joy156 Feb 16, 2014

    F11 doesnt work, do you have any other suggestions

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Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01895783&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=4041526#RestoreWithinWindows
Hit F11 at start up.
Go to the website for the computer you need help on, they usually have the answers.

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IT STILL HAS NOT FIX MY PROBLEM AS F 10 F6 AND F5 DONT WORK AND WHY SAY ITS DELL AS DELL DONT EVEN MAKE HP DAH

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Hey I had this problem today and I have finally found the way to fix it!!!!
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-77449-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&os=4062&product=4041502
Go to this site from a desk top and DOWNLOAD this program... you will need a USB flash Drive once finished DOWNLOADING you will then send it to your USB FLASH DRIVE then put that USB FLASH DRIVE into your laptop when it is powered off and turn it on it will start the process for you just be patient. You can then CREATE YOUR BACKUP and then continue on to RESTORE your laptop setting to a earlier setting you can choose the date your self. There is also other options there if RESTORE is not what you are looking for.
I hope this is usefull to you I did this and it worked also I did it because I could not get past the password as I did not know it...LOL.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

  • Vi teitsma Aug 10, 2012

    was this free to down load ?

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HP ACER and more brands have sometimes hidden partition on their drives the software is in the middle of an commercial protected manner Some people can live with it, and some not but the first thing to realize is when the software is on a hidden partition and that that hidden partition is having the Microsoft software hidden , the first thing is get that partition copy or cloned to an image , redo backup or maybe macrium backup free from cd can help you before a virus or other thing can happend with that drive that is where the most people have trouble with also a virus have made an mbr broken link to that partition thats why the best thing is to clone that drive by a bootable linux live cd dvd or even a pen(usb)drive then you have a fresh copy
for if it goes wrong for one reason or another

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Hi Trying doing F11 and see if works, if not then try to get an Windows OS DVD and external dvd writer and we can reset it to factory setting. please provide Serial Number and Product number of HP Mini Laptop

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My hp mini 110 doesn't do nothing only key that works is the f 10 and the esc menu and it's doesn't recover nor reboot. When I restart it its just hp then it goes black nothing no windows nothing what can I do ? I tried everything except slamming it on the floor ugh

Posted on Feb 04, 2011

  • Humingbird34 Feb 22, 2011

    any luck fixing it Minenanotuya?? my hp mini is doing the exact same thing, and to make matters worse i have lost my usb stick that had the recovery files on it so cant even try that! anyone help????? pleasssssssssssssse

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