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Restore factory settings.

How can i restore my Dell dimension desktop C521 back to it's original factory settings, or factory image settings?..someone suggested hit F-11 during start up but that didn't work.  Can you please walk me through it, step by step.  Thanks !

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    i want to reboot back to factory settings i dont have a cd i know theres a f button you hit while its starting up but nothing is working

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Here is the Dell tech support article for PC Restore to re-image the system to the factory settings.

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?journalid=5A9D1CCAB17AB24BE040AE0AB5E12BFE&docid=325300

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    Phil Swift Dec 04, 2010

    This solution is wrong. He is suggesting using 'system restore' and this does not restore the whole PC back to what is was like when you first got it. Years ago you used to get a restore CD with your brnanded PC. Nowadays, the onus is on you yo burn a restore CD/DVD when ou get the PC or, use the secret/hidden partition to restore the PC back to factory set up. Most PC' s use one F key to initiate the factory restore. Dell's handbook says use the Ctrl key and F11 key. They say when you see the Dell BIOS splash screen,press and hold down the Ctrl key and then prss and release the F11 key and then let go of the Ctrl key. One single press, not lots. It is also possible to remove this restore function, which seems crazy. I have not got the Ctrl and F11 combo' to work yet. Try contacting Dell and asking for a restore CD/DVD. Other manufacturers sell them. The reason is no one ever creates their own CD/DVD when they get their PC and some get the restore hiddden partition corrupted/ damaged or the hard disk has to be replaced. Also contact Dell for a way of reactivating the restore functionn if it has been deactivated.
    System restore and factory restore are different. Its confusing as the term is use in both actions.

  • embielle
    embielle Feb 17, 2013

    Thank This is most helpful

  • pmcglasson
    pmcglasson Mar 09, 2013

    Ctrl F11 is the key Thanks

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