HP Laptops with Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by itsbighead, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. itsbighead

    itsbighead MDL Novice

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    Hi All

    Recently i bought a cheap ass HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 off eBay where the original hdd that it came with had hard drive failure. After trying every method known for days on a external computer, i decided to give up knowing i couldnt save the recovery partition

    As a result i was not able to retrieve the recovery files on the separate partition. Currently i know how to create a image that i can use to restore in the future but i dont have the recovery manager executables

    So could anyone with a HP Laptop that came with Windows 8 out of the box along with having fast internet be able to upload their recovery partition with the exception of the preload folder?

    Thanks
     
  2. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    Dude, why not keep it simple and fresh install windows! am i missing something?
     
  3. itsbighead

    itsbighead MDL Novice

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    dude its such a hassle not have the recovery tools available

    sure i understand making it simple and fresh but i want to have the programs to be able to restore fresh images onto my laptop without having to wait forever while it installs
     
  4. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    win8 installs ridiculously fast. However, I do agree installing it once, personalizing it and then making an image of it is the best way (IMO). If I were you, I would do a fresh install and then image that bad boy with one of your favorite imaging tools. Many of them are free and there is a nice discussion about them at this thread.
     
  5. Ming_the_Merciless

    Ming_the_Merciless MDL Member

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    So far, all replies have been accurate and helpful, but I do understand where the OP is coming from. I hope their request is satisfied, but in my experience, it is quite rare to find a recovery partition image posted anywhere.
     
  6. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    #6 bchat, Apr 11, 2014
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    My suggestion follows EFA11's idea.
    Bite the bullet, do a fresh install - image it - you are safe from all future catastrophes.
    Make an image of the bare OS install and another with all programs/personal settings if you care to.

    I have been using Acronis True Image for years, never a problem.

    Acronis will allow you to make a bootable USB for future "recovers".
    A fresh install gets rid of all the HP blah blah blah too.
     
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  7. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    You should be able to get all or at least most of the HP files you need from the HP web site downloads in addition to what you get with Windows.
     
  8. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    True - got all the drivers etc. for my HP lappie there.
     
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  9. itsbighead

    itsbighead MDL Novice

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    stupid thing is i got the drivers for everything besides the recovery manager which they only offer for laptops running Windows 7.
     
  10. itsbighead

    itsbighead MDL Novice

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    this is a really stupid question but im thinking of selling the laptop and i want to delete my user profiles and data from it but i dont want to wipe and reinstall the whole hdd

    is there a function within windows 8 that allows me to purge all my personal data in a way that leaves all the drivers on the hdd intact?
     
  11. EFA11

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    I would make a default one without a password. PC-USER or something, they can change the name and add a password and account on their own if they choose.