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re-installation

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    re-installation


    I've just started using Windows 8 which was already pre-installed on my Compaq CQ58 laptop.

    I assume that all the files to do with Win 8 are on the hard drive (D:\ Recovery) but I want to transfer all the installation and utilities (sound, graphics etc.) files onto a DVD and run a clean install if or when I ever have to format the hard drive.

    Two questions really ...
    What files do I copy and how do I do it?
    I use Nero.

    Would appreaciate any help please.

    My thanks in advance.

    Michael.

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  2. #2


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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the HP version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03502680.pdf


    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq

    Creating HP Recovery media

    HP Recovery Manager is a software program that offers a way to create recovery media after you
    successfully set up the computer. HP Recovery media can be used to perform system recovery if the
    hard drive becomes corrupted. System recovery reinstalls the original operating system and the
    software programs installed at the factory, and then configures the settings for the programs. HP
    Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or aid in the replacement of a hard drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq

    Using System Diagnostics

    System Diagnostics allows you to run diagnostic tests to determine if the computer hardware is
    functioning properly.
    To start System Diagnostics:
    1. Turn on or restart the computer, quickly press esc, and then press f2.
    2. Click the diagnostic test you want to run, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

    Try press F11 for Recovery Option.

    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    You can initiate this option by using the f11 key or from the Start screen.
    To use the f11 key:
    1. Press f11 while the computer boots.
    – or –
    Press and hold f11 as you press the power button.

    Using HP Recovery media to recover

    You can use HP Recovery media to recover the original system. This method can be used if your
    system does not have an HP Recovery partition or if the hard drive is not working properly.
    1. If possible, back up all personal files.
    2. Insert the first HP Recovery disc you created into the optical drive on your computer or into an
    optional external optical drive, and then restart the computer.


    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    ? If the HP Recovery media do not work, you can obtain recovery media for your system from the
    HP website. For U.S. support, go to Contact HP / Customer Service | HP® Official Site. For worldwide support, go
    to Contact HP Worldwide | HP® Official Site.
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  3. #3


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by gm2fz View Post
    I've just started using Windows 8 which was already pre-installed on my Compaq CQ58 laptop.

    I want to transfer all the installation and utilities (sound, graphics etc.) files onto a DVD and run a clean install if or when I ever have to format the hard drive.

    Two questions really ...
    What files do I copy and how do I do it?
    I use Nero.

    Would appreaciate any help please.

    My thanks in advance.

    Michael.
    See this on going discussion.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    re-installation etc.


    many thanks for your two replies and suggestion.
    not going to have time to follow these through now but will get back to you.
    btw, i only got the laptop yesterday.
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  5. #5


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    You are very welcome. Good luck. Looking forward to hearing back.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    re-iinstallation etc


    after being away for a week or so, i've read all the links that were in the various posts and have come to the conclusion that i'm now even more confused than ever

    seems like there are more steps than i care to think of that i'd have to go through to run a new install when i was hoping it would be a simple thing to do like in xp.

    perhaps i should just "bite the bullet", cut my losses and buy a new windows 8 installation with its unique key code and use that should the need to re-format the hard drive becomes necessary.

    talking of key codes, i also ran keyfinder and it came up with the normal 5 x 5 alpha-numeric character code. then while i was trawling through all the various settings via control panel, one of them came up with a key code showing 4 groups of 'x's but with alpha-nummeric characters in the 5th. group. the last 5 character group given by keyfinder did not match the group given in the settings so i don't know which one applies to the laptop but this shouldn't be a problem for me if i run a new installation with its own key code ....... or will it ... ??

    what would be the most suitable (not necessarily the most costly) installation version to use? also, would the utility programmes ... audio/graphics/lan etc. be on the same disk or would i have to get a separate disk to suit the motherboard? i would suspect the latter.

    thanks in advance ...
    michael.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    If I wanted to cut to the chase, then I would buy the MS system builder software and install under the personal use license. Trying to tranfer what you want is not going to work out IMO. To continue making some progress on basic issues, see this thread: Effect of Embedded Product Key on OEM Win8's--New License
    Last edited by znod; 12 Feb 2013 at 13:47.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by gm2fz View Post
    after being away for a week or so, i've read all the links that were in the various posts and have come to the conclusion that i'm now even more confused than ever

    seems like there are more steps than i care to think of that i'd have to go through to run a new install when i was hoping it would be a simple thing to do like in xp.

    perhaps i should just "bite the bullet", cut my losses and buy a new windows 8 installation with its unique key code and use that should the need to re-format the hard drive becomes necessary.

    talking of key codes, i also ran keyfinder and it came up with the normal 5 x 5 alpha-numeric character code. then while i was trawling through all the various settings via control panel, one of them came up with a key code showing 4 groups of 'x's but with alpha-nummeric characters in the 5th. group. the last 5 character group given by keyfinder did not match the group given in the settings so i don't know which one applies to the laptop but this shouldn't be a problem for me if i run a new installation with its own key code ....... or will it ... ??

    what would be the most suitable (not necessarily the most costly) installation version to use? also, would the utility programmes ... audio/graphics/lan etc. be on the same disk or would i have to get a separate disk to suit the motherboard? i would suspect the latter.

    thanks in advance ...
    michael.
    When using a Retail Windows 8 DVD, to reinstall, the installer will see the Product key code in the BIOS & install with that key.

    You need the HP Drivers & App's DVD or downloads to reinstall.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    re-installation etc ...


    ah ... thanks for the key info ...
    so i take it that the key code that comes with the new installation dvd won't be needed.
    that's fine ... saves me wondering when the time comes.
    i've already downloaded all the motherboard drivers so one job less to do.
    thanks to everyone who's helped me on this with their suggestions and comments.
    it was all very much appreciated.
    regards ...
    michael.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,156
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    You are very welcome.
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