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Restoring a Dell computer to factory setting. XP,Vista & W7

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    Before you restore any PC to its factory settings, make sure you have backed up any important information before hand (if possible).

    Dell has designed two new backup and restore programs, see below for the details:
    Dell Inspirons, Studios, and XPS Systems use DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of April 22, 2009.
    Click here if your computer is an Inspiring, Studio, or XPS

    Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Vostro, and Precisions use Dell Backup and Recovery Manager as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of May 26, 2009.
    Click here if your computer is an OptiPlex, Latitude, Vostro, or Precision

    Once you have backed up your PC you can start the restore process. The first thing to do is remove non-essential peripherals. This is the same for XP,Vista and W7.
    Except for the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, remove all external peripherals including:
    Scanner ,Printer ,Modem or Network cables ,Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) ,USB flash drive or other external Hard Drive ,Any other external devices (e.g., USB-attached devices) ,remove the computer from the docking station, if you are using one.

    You are now ready to restore the computer's software to original condition.

    Note : If you have had the hard drive replaced or have reformatted the original, this will not be possible. The restore partition is stored on your factory hard drive.

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    Windows XP or Windows Media Center

    Turn on the computer.

    When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time. If this does not work try tapping both keys after turning the PC on. I have tried this 25 times before i got it to work so keep trying. You can use either left or right <Ctrl>.

    Some systems like Inspiron Mini 9 (910) do not support System Restore as they do not have <F11> nor any substitute.
    If the key strokes are not working or you do not have PC Restore any more. You will have to do a manual reinstall. Click here for manual installation instructions.

    You will now see the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.

    When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

    The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish.

    When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
    The system recovery process was successful.

    Click Finish or press <Tab> to highlight Finish and then press <Enter> to restart the computer.The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

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    Windows Vista

    Turn on the computer.

    As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.

    Note:You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

    Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.

    Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

    Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

    Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

    In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

    Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.

    Click Next.
    The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

    When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

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    Windows 7

    Turn on the computer.

    As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.

    Note:You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

    Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.

    Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

    Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

    Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

    In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

    Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.

    Click Next.
    The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

    When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

    Note:You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.Note:You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

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    re: Restoring a Dell computer to factory setting. XP,Vista & W7

    Didn't even realize this was here.

    Excellent!

    Nice work. Thanks.
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