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How do you restore a Dell System to original configuration?

Many (Not all) Dell Systems (Inspiron, Dimension, Studio, XPS and Vostro) have the ability to re-image the system to it's original configuration via a process called PC-RESTORE. This process uses a hidden image on the hard drive to restore the system to the way it was the day the box was opened (IT also deletes all data added after that point in the process) Depending on the operating system, the restore process is run one of 2 ways:

  1. Windows XP, CTRL+F11 from the Dell Splash Screen
  2. Windows Vista/7 From the F8 Boot menu.
Here are a couple Dell articles on the process:
XP
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=04&dl=false&l=en&s=bsd&docid=DC47E7957E35BBC0E030A68F27280D16&doclang=en
Vista/7
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=04&dl=false&l=en&s=bsd&docid=26394F48E8802900E040A68F5B28291F&doclang=en#8
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=04&dl=false&l=en&s=bsd&docid=721171C45BE3190CE040AE0AB8E111D2&doclang=en#2

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We're not entirely convinced the $300 step up to the XPS M1530 is a must.

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