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Many HP desktops nowadays don’t ship with any restore CDs any longer. Instead, they use a hidden disk partition at your own hard disk’s memory cost to hold the recovery data at several gigs worth too. Users are allowed to make a CD or DVD recovery disc but that is a one-time operation due to licensing agreements with Microsoft without any way to reset the restriction. While I don’t recommend you to burn 13 CD-Rs to make your recovery disc, 2-3 DVD-Rs is a welcome security in case any misfortune should befall upon your computer. Plus once you do so you can repartition and free up the recovery partition to recover some memory back (at your own risk of course). But what happens when you encounter an error during the burn process? Or you lose your recovery CDs? Or the HP recovery disc maker software gets corrupted somehow?
If this should ever happen to you, you’re in luck because there is a solution to reset the one limit restriction:
- Download the recovery reset patch.
- Extract the contents and run extracted file “ResetRmc.exe”. NOTE: This is a very small file that executes very quickly so you may not even detect that it did anything
- Now try to run the Recovery CD/DVD Disc Maker again, the one limit restriction will be reset and you will be able to make a recovery disk again
If the computer was restored at any point using a burned recovery CD this patch will not work. In that instance, the only backup media available for the customer is the D: recovery partition. Attempting to run the ResetRmc.exe patch in this instance causes the “Incorrect Password Specified” error message to appear.