> it does have an hp total care advisor and it says that i have made no backup
> cds. after all the requirements invloving the oem with windows xp and now,
> are you telling me that we have to make our own rcvy disc. i really don't
> want to back up my whole puter, just the necessities. could you advise me on
> what to back up and how ofter.
1. Create the HP Recovery Disks per HP's instructions. This will give
you physical media to return the computer to factory condition should
your hard drive die.
2. If the hard drive is healthy and you wish to return the computer to
factory condition, there is a key press to do when first starting up the
computer. There will be a prompt telling you to press F10 or whatever.
Refer to your computer manual or HP's tech support site for your
specific model computer.
Note that the above does *not* help with backing up your personal data.
You can handle backups in several ways.
1. Purchase an external hard drive and an imaging/backup program such as
Acronis True Image. You can make an image of the machine at various
times for quick restoration when you want to go back to a time when
everything worked but don't want to go back to factory condition. True
Image will also do incremental backups. See their website for more
2. Use a backup program like Second Copy from www.centered.com
up your data to the external hard drive regularly. I like Second Copy
because it does not put the backed up files in a proprietary format.
Refer to their website for more details. Or copy your files manually. It
is a good idea to also burn your data backups to CD/DVD-R (not RW) and
put in a safe place.
Only you can make the determination as to how often you back up.
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User