|This document covers how to recover an HP Mini Notebook PC originally configured with Windows XP Operating System.|
|For notebooks originally configured with the Windows 7 operating system, see
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7)
For non-mini notebooks originally configured with XP or any other operating system, to verify that you are using the proper recovery procedure, see Overview Of Recovering Or Reinstalling The Operating System .
FAQ On Repairing Or Reinstalling The Operating System
for answers to frequently asked questions.|
See HP PCs - Looking for Recovery Discs? for replacement media.
|Software and personal data (such as picture, music, videos, e-mail, and so on) that you have installed on the notebook will be lost when the operating system is reinstalled. Make a backup copy of all personal data before beginning this process.|
For information on creating a backup copy of your data, see Microsoft's Backup Basics (in English).
|When prompted to select a language for the installation, select the language that you will use most often. This is very important for support with right-to-left languages and languages that use double-byte characters (such as Simplified and Traditional Chinese). |
The language used for the installation sets the default keyboard layout and language used by the operating system to display menus and notifications. If necessary, you can later change the language used by Windows or add Supplemental language support .