I've experienced this with my cousin's HP Pavilion dv6648se entertainment notebook pc which came with Vista Home Premium 32bit a decade ago where I had to create a set of recovery DVDs while in Windows.HP typically did not supply recovery disks (no disk came with my HP Pavilion Elite m9150f), but users were advised to burn their own. HP systems typically included a Factory Image partition, which I used for my one and only Vista reinstall. It is hard to overstate the value of a fully updated image for backup purposes going forward, in light of 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS.
Good thing I did cuz the original hard drive (a Western Digital WD2500BEVS 250gb drive) malfunctioned several years ago in early 2013 [it generated SMART errors during bootup - the HP bios told me to replace the HDD] and I had to replace it with a bigger & newer one and restored the Vista OS using the recovery discs.
note to siarik: the HP system recovery DVDs I have may or may not work with your model since my cousin's HP dv6648se laptop uses Intel Core 2 CPUs; need to know the specs of your HP computer
- Operating System
- Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64
- Dell Inspiron 640m/e1405 laptop
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33Ghz
- 4Gb (3.24Gb usable to OS)
- Sound Card
- Sigmatel/IDT STAC9200
- Internet Speed
- Spectrum Cable Internet up to 100Mbps