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Restore HP ProBook® 4520s Notebook PC to factory settings

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HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC is an ideal device to meet the computing needs of your small and medium business. If you have been using it for long, time, virus infections, too many programs installed and a number of other reasons may adversely affect its performance and may also force it to show up an occasional unexpected behavior. If you have tried other troubleshooting tips such as antivirus scans and scan for malware infections, optimize it by deleting the redundant files and folders etc, and if none worked, you could opt to restore it to its factory settings. If this is what you have been struggling with, here is all that you need to know before you start the process.

For the uninitiated, HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC is set with:

  1.   A clean and semi-rugged exterior appearance
  2.   Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) as its default OS
  3.   LED-backlit with anti-glare HD display
  4.   Intel GMA HD Integrated Graphics
  5.   4GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM memory

Now that you know what to expect in this compact device, let’s know the pros and cons of restoring it to its factory settings.

Restoring to Original Factory Settings

This means getting the PC back to the state when you purchased it. Restoring an HP computer to factory settings is almost equal to performing a full system recovery. There are two types of recovery techniques that you can use on HP computers; destructive and non-destructive. Depending on your requirement and preference, you could choose for either. The non-destructive method helps you to repair the operating system installation (Windows or other). It replaces a damaged or missing system file and restores the registry to the original settings. It is a very good option, especially if you hadn’t kept a back up copy of the files. As this method doesn’t erase any data, all your data remain safe. The destructive method, as the name suggests, actually deletes all data, files, and settings. So, before you opt for this method, remember to backup all your important data or it will all get lost.

Here are a few tips that you can use while restoring HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC to its original factory settings:

  • Remove all peripheral devices

Before restoring HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC to factory settings, detach all peripheral devices such as removable media drives, USB drives, printers, etc. Also remove any additional hard drive by disconnecting the cable from behind the system. You need to leave the monitor, mouse and keyboard attached to the system nonetheless. For either type of recovery, destructive or non-destructive, you will have to remove the peripheral devices, unfailingly.

  • Make a backup copy

Before starting the recovery process in HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC, create a backup of all crucial user files. If you are performing a destructive recovery, the need is 100% valid; to be on the safe side keep a backup copy even if you are opting for the non-destructive method.

  • How to do it?
    1. Shut down your HP ProBook 4520s Notebook PC and insert the recovery CD.
    2. If the system fails to boot from the CD drive, reboot and enter the setup screen.
    3. Select the recovery option that you would like to use, destructive or non-destructive recovery.
    4. Your system will start recovering to the factory settings that is its earliest point of restoration. You also need to insert the additional recovery CDs as the recovery program will request for them.
    5. After the process is complete, restart your PC.

Now you are all set to do the process yourself. It isn’t a complex activity but is nevertheless crucial as lot depends on its success. Therefore, if you aren’t yourself convinced that you could do it, call iYogi tech experts to help you. Our technicians are well trained in system restore process and are available 24/7 to help you…


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