This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.
Pressing f11 starts either HP Recovery Manager or HP Backup and Recovery Manager, depending on which software is installed on your computer. If you used either of these programs to back up your files, you can easily restore them using the same program. Please note that the restore process can take between 20 and 40 minutes to start. Please do not close the Recovery Manager File Restore Program after starting the restore process.
During the HP Recovery Manager backup operation, a folder named MINWINPC was created on the USB storage device. Inside this folder is a executable file named backup.exe . If you backed up a large number of files, there may also be one or more additional backup files with a .fbw extension.
If you used the Microsoft Backup and Restore Center program to back up your files, you must use the Microsoft Backup and Restore Center to restore your files. You cannot use HP Recovery Manager or HP Backup and Recovery Manager to restore files created with the Microsoft Backup and Restore Center. Please see the Restoring files section of HP Notebook PCs - Use Windows Basic Backup and Restore Center to Back Up Files in Vista for information about how to restore your files with the Windows Backup and Restore Center.
Restoring backup files using HP Recovery Manager
To restore backup files that you created using HP Recovery Manager, follow the steps below.
- Open the USB device to which you wrote your backup file, such as your USB flash drive, and then copy the MINWINPC folder to a convenient location on your computer, such as your desktop.
- Locate and open the MINWINPC folder on your computer, and then double-click the executable file (.exe) that was created during the backup process.NOTE:There may be more than one file, but only one will be an application (.exe) file. Other backup files created with HP Recovery Manager will have an .fbw extension.
- When the Recovery Manager File Restore Program opens, click Next .
- Select the types of files that you want to restore and then click Next .
- A message displays showing the location to which the files be restored: C:\System Recovery Files . A shortcut to this file location is also created on your desktop.
- Allow the program to restore the backed up files.NOTE:The progress bar may stay on “0% complete” for 10-30 minutes, and the entire restore process can take several hours.
- After the HP Recovery Manager restores the files, you can double-click the Shortcut to System Recovery files on your desktop to view the restored files.
You can now decide which files go with your applications (such as .jpg files that belong to a certain application on your computer) and which files are personal files, and choose the location(s) in which you want to store these file(s).
Restoring backup files using HP Backup and Recovery Manager
To restore your files using HP Backup and Recovery Manager, follow the steps below.
- Click Start , type recovery into the search field, and then select HP Backup & Recovery Manager from the list to open HP Backup and Recovery Manager.
- Click Expert Mode , select the Recover user created files and folders option, and then click Next to open the File Recovery Wizard within HP Backup and Recovery Manager.
- Click Next , select the Recover files of most common locations and types (Recommended) option, click Next , and then click Browse and navigate to the location in which you saved your initial backup file, select the Backup.exe file, click Open , Next , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Your files are returned to their original file locations.