Using windows tools – HP EliteBook 840 G3 User Manual

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You can use Windows tools to create system restore points and create backups of personal information,


Using Windows tools on page 4


If your computer does list the Recovery partition and the Windows partition, you can use HP Recovery

Manager 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 software programs that were installed at the factory and then configures

the settings for the programs. HP Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or restore

the factory image if you replace the hard drive.

Only one set of recovery media can be created. Handle these recovery tools carefully, and keep

them in a safe place.

HP Recovery Manager examines the computer and determines the required storage capacity for

the media that will be required.

To create recovery discs, your computer must have an optical drive with DVD writer capability, and

you must use only high-quality blank DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, or DVD+R DL discs. Do not use

rewritable discs such as CD±RW, DVD±RW, double-layer DVD±RW, or BD-RE (rewritable Blu-ray)

discs; they are not compatible with HP Recovery Manager software. Or, instead, you can use a high-

quality blank USB flash drive.

If your computer does not include an integrated optical drive with DVD writer capability, but you

would like to create DVD recovery media, you can use an external optical drive (purchased

separately) to create recovery discs. If you use an external optical drive, it must be connected

directly to a USB port on the computer; the drive cannot be connected to a USB port on an external

device, such as a USB hub. If you cannot create DVD media yourself, you can obtain recovery discs

for your computer from HP. See the Worldwide Telephone Numbers booklet included with the

computer. You can also find contact information on the HP website. Go to


, select your country or region, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Be sure that the computer is connected to AC power before you begin creating the recovery media.

The creation process can take an hour or more. Do not interrupt the creation process.

If necessary, you can exit the program before you have finished creating all of the recovery DVDs.

HP Recovery Manager will finish burning the current DVD. The next time you start HP Recovery

Manager, you will be prompted to continue.

To create HP Recovery media:


For a tablet with a detachable keyboard, connect the keyboard to the keyboard dock before

beginning these steps.


Type recovery in the taskbar search box, and then select HP Recovery Manager.


Select Create recovery media, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

If you ever need to recover the system, see

Recovering using HP Recovery Manager on page 5


Using Windows tools

You can create recovery media, system restore points, and backups of personal information using Windows



If storage is 32 GB or less, Microsoft System Restore is disabled by default.

For more information and steps, see the Get started app.

Select the Start button, and then select the Get started app.


Chapter 3 Backing up, restoring, and recovering