F11 HP Recovery Manager not working. How to restore ?

  1.    23 Aug 2017 #1

    F11 HP Recovery Manager not working. How to restore ?

    I bought a HP laptop which came with Win 10 Home. Due to some reasons, I downgraded to 8.1 by clean install. Now i want to do factory reset to win 10 But i realised that my F11 hp recovery manager is no longer working.The recovery partitions are hidden and but the files are still there. My hard drive has GPT partition system, so I'm not able to set the recovery partitions active. Using some tool, i made a backup of files in the recovery partition. Is it possible to create any bootable usb recovery disk using the files from recovery partition or even make the f11 work again and restore my laptop to win 10.

    I was able to assign these recovery partitions letters temporarily using diskpart.

    I also tried to extract the install.swm files in the preload folder using 7zip. Is it possible to restore by cloning these files to primary bootable partition?

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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,617
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       23 Aug 2017 #2

    Hi guruprasath. Welcome to the TenForums @guruprasath

    If you follow this tutorial it will lead you through a clean install and how to make a bootable USB key with the latest Windows 10.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    If you have your data off you can delete existing partitions and Windows will create what it needs. Also recommend that when you are installing Windows disconnect the other storage devices.

    This clean install leaves out the HP stuff, you can likely get at their site.

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  3. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 9,593
    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       23 Aug 2017 #3

    guruprasath said: View Post
    .... i want to do factory reset to win 10 But i realised that my F11 hp recovery manager is no longer working.The recovery partitions are hidden and but the files are still there. ...Is it possible to create any bootable usb recovery disk using the files from recovery partition...
    Welcome to TenForums @guruprasath

    Yes, you can. Whether it will do the job as you expect is something I can't say, but if you want to try you first need to prepare a bootable USB drive...

    For the copied USB to be bootable on UEFI and legacy BIOS systems you need to format to FAT32 and mark the partition as active. You can prepare a USB in this way by using DISKPART from an elevated command prompt. Make very sure that in DISKPART you select the correct disk before proceeding further. In this example Disk 1 is an 8GB USB drive. Your USB may appear as another disk number, use the LIST DISK command first to find out.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32> DISKPART
     Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.15063.0
     Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
       Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
       --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
       Disk 0    Online          465 GB      0 B
       Disk 1    Online         7638 MB      0 B
     Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
     DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
     DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
     Partition 1 is now the selected partition.
     DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.
     DiskPart marked the current partition as active.
    Now just copy all the files and folders to your newly formatted USB.
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  4. Posts : 21,972
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       24 Aug 2017 #4

    1) create a brand new restore point
    2) create a backup image using Macrium:
    Macrium Software | Your Image is Everything
    3) And save the Macrium image on another drive.
    4) backup your files to another drive or to the cloud.

    Now you have a few backup options.

    There should be several methods to get windows 10 version 1703 installed.
    In addition to the methods above see these links for the free upgrade:

    Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade | ZDNet
    Is Microsoft Still Secretly Running Offer? Windows 7 Copy Still Upgradeable

    If you have your files backed up the best option is a clean install:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Another option that you may be able to perform is an in place upgrade repair:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    If this is successful please post that information into the thread.
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  5.    15 Sep 2017 #5

    Hello everyone.
    I had the same problem, F11 not working, although in my case it was after I replaced the hdd for an ssd (smaller size) on the notebook. I think I tried everything, to no avail. Finally what worked was the most elemental thing: to use the recovery media I made when I purchased the notebook (4 DVDs) and to reinstall to factory defaults. A miracle cure.
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