Fixed: F11 System Recovery Not Working in Windows 7/8/10

Posted by @Ailsa

April 10, 2017

Have you ever meet the problem that F11 key not working for system recovery in Windows 7/8/10? AOMEI Backupper Standard will give you the best way to fix F11 system recovery not working problem with ease.

F11 System Recovery Knowledge

For some brand computers, the manufacturer of these computers designs a special key or key combination to do their system recovery. As for Dell, HP or Lenovo computers (PCs, notebooks, desktops), the F11 key is the pivotal key to recover system to computer default settings when your computer corrupted due to hardware or software failure.

HP computer provides a built-in tool named HP Backup and Recovery Manager to recover your system to the original factory-shipped state, the recovery partition is needed. If your HP computer has some issues that you want to restore it to factory settings, turn on HP computer and immediately press the Esc key to display the Startup Menu, and then press F11 to access the HP system recovery.

Generally, Dell computers have a recovery partition that you can access to recover and restore your computer to factory settings. How to access Dell recovery partition? Boot your Dell computer, press Ctrl+F11 when the Dell logo appears, then follow the instructions to restore.

F11 System Recovery Not Working Problem

Nevertheless, F11 system recovery not working problem may disturb you. Why it happens? If the recovery partition in HP/Dell computer is deleted or overwritten somehow, you can’t access the recovery partition with F11 key. That is means, the F11 system recovery not working problem occurs. On the other hand, you cannot boot up your computer and cannot do the system recovery, How to get HP/Dell restore to factory settings when F11 doesn’t work?

How to Solve F11 System Recovery not working issue in Windows 7/8/10?

Don’t worry, there are some solutions for you to fix F11 HP system recovery doesn’t work problem. You can reinstall your Windows OS with the Windows Installation disc or factory reset your computer. Compared with these two ways, system recovery for HP/Dell computer is the ideal method.

How to do system recovery in Windows 7/8/10? You can recover system with AOMEI Backupper Standard with ease. As a matter of fact, you have to create a system backup image to external hard drive with a normal computer, create bootable media to boot your computer, then restore the system backup image to your computer.

Create System Backup Image

Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Select Backup, System Backup in turn.

System Backup

Enter a proper Task Name into the box.

Start Backup

Choose the external hard drive as the destination to save the system image in the Step2.

Tips: The program will select the system partition associated with system files automatically in the Step1.

Press Start Backup.

Then boot up your computer with the bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Restore Your Computer with the System Image

Connect your external hard drive with your computer. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, find the System Backup task on the Home tab, select Restore.


Then choose a backup point.

Backup Point

Preview the result of restoring, click Start Restore.

Start Restore

Wait for a moment, the F11 system recovery not working problem will be solved. In addition, AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to backup hard disk, backup Dell/HP partition, restore partition, etc. as well as split, comment, encrypt backup image, and merge backup images. The most important thing, you can clone your entire hard drive (HDD) or partition to another location, like local hard drive, external hard drive, network share, NAS, USB drive, cloud drive, and many more features. For advanced users, you can try AOMEI Backupper Professional to enable universal restore, clone system, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, etc.