Restoring Computer Without a Recovery Disk?


My HP computer got a virus. How can I restore it? The original restore disk is broken.

By Celia from TX


Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

July 6, 20090 found this helpful

I would go to the HP website and first try the "contact" link to see about getting a replacement disk.

Also, under "connect with others" they have forums where you can get help from other users, much the same as posting questions here, with no tech support fee. There's a good chance that someone has the answer to your problem.

If you have Windows XP, once you get rid of the virus you might be able to do a "restore" to a previous date, no recovery disk needed.


I hope this helps. Good luck!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 6, 20090 found this helpful

If the computer is operational except for the virus, clean it with various tools, all free:
1. Clamwin, Download and install the software, download and install the virus updates, and run a complete scan.
2. Malwarebytes, Download and install the free version, download and install the updates, run a complete scan.

These two tools should be left on your computer and run scans regularly. If you find them valuable, be sure to make donations (clamwin) or upgrade to the paid version (malwarebytes) when you can.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 399 Feedbacks
July 8, 20090 found this helpful

I've gone to system restore in the system tools. Go to all programs, then accessories, then system restore.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 148 Posts
July 8, 20090 found this helpful

If you use system restore, make sure you clean the virus from your system first, or you will carry the virus to the restored operating system.Another free antivirus that works very well is Avast. You could install Avast, and do a complete scan. It should find the virus and give you instructions on how to quarantine it. I have used Avast for 3 years, and it has saved me from many emails that were infected with a virus.


Harlean from Arkansas

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 10, 20090 found this helpful

Why don't you make your computer run faster and without the all the virus & spyware issues? Install Linux Mint ( instead of Windows. My $300 laptop (with Mint OS) boots, connects to the wireless and is ready to run in under a minute. Linux is free and so is the software that you need to run.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!


Computers VirusesJuly 6, 2009
Fourth of July Ideas!
Summer Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2021-06-24 13:53:29 in 1 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2021 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.