HP Recovery Manager Reset: script to make more times the recovery discs

As we all know, HP Recovery Manager, the utility for the creation of recovery discs integrated in the computers Hewlett Packard allows you to create recovery discs only once, this is possible thanks to a simple control, when the set of Recovery Disc is created the HP Utility creates some control files in different paths through which the subsequent runs will ensure that he has already created a set of recovery discs.

So if we wanted to create a second time our set of recovery discs that we are denied, a message warns that a copy has already been created and the program closes. Officially, the only solution is to contact HP to send off the recovery CD to an amount that is about 40-50 Euros.

This happens on the Compaq and HP as  HP dv5, HP dv6 e HP dv7 with Windows Vista or Windows 7. So as you can create a second time the set of recovery discs? Easy, to re-create the recovery discs you simply have to delete the control files that are created.
These files, with their paths differ from model to model, and the following are the various possible combinations of files and their locations:

  • HPCD.sys

D:\HPCD.sys

C:\Windows\Sminst\HPCD.sys

 

D:\HPCD.sys

C:\Programmi\Sminst\HPCD.sys

  • hpdrcu.prc

D:\hpdrcu.prc

C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc

 

D:\hpdrcu.prc

C:\Users\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prc

  • RMCStatus.bin e Rebecca.dat

D:\RMCStatus.bin

C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery Manager\RMCStatus.bin

C:\Windows\System32\Rebecca.dat


Once identified the files created by the HP utility you just have to delete them to create again the recovery discs.

Delete the file from the partition C:\ is really simple but is not the same for the file in the partition D:\ because it is the protected HP partition, this second file can be deleted with a Linux live or with the winrar file browser.

To simplify the work I created a batch script ( .bat ) that acquires rights to delete the files and then delete them, so you can simply download the file "HP Recovery Discs Reset.exe" and run it.

Now you can try to restart the utility for creating recovery discs and you should have a nice surprise.

The operation can be repeated whenever you want.

Here it is how to restore HP laptop without a DVD and if the HP Recovery Manager is not working.

The password to use the script is: Mentor

AttachmentSize
File hp_recovery_discs_control.exe22.5 KB
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