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System restore ok, I do know how to use the system restore action, but, I want to redo my computer to when it was new again. I've done this before by pressing a button before setup. I think it was one of the F's but i dont remember. On the top left of the screen it says 'Setup=F2 Boot menu=F12 I know how to get to the boot menu and it does not have any option to redo my pc.

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Re: system restore

I've just had to restore my Dell Inspiron back to the original Dell setup and was told by Dell support that the same procedure applies for the dimension. Press CTR+F11 together when powering up the PC to access the restore utility,the on-screen instructions are clear and straight forward. This will rebuild your hard drive, from a ghost image in the dell partition, to the same state as when the PC arrived from Dell so you will lose any applications and files loaded since then, make sure you have a backup of any important files etc. before you do this.

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Re: system restore

Could i just add that, you may not have system cd that came with your pc, but, most manufacturers, especially in the UK now have a system restore image of your pc on another partition, which brings your pc back to it's original state. In which case make sure you back up any documents and settings to a cd or dvd disc.

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Re: system restore

You can reset the computer to the factory defaults by re-installing windows from the disc provided by your manufacturer. Put the Windows CD in the CD drive and reboot the computer. When the computer starts up, hit F12. Then choose to boot the CD-ROM. The Windows Install process will then begin. Follow the the prompts through out the install. When given the choice, choose to erase the current install, erase and reformat the drive, and re-install on a fresh NTFS quick formatted partition. NOTE: Make sure you back up all your data before performing this action, as resetting the computer deletes all files and programs.

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Re: system restore

I tried the first solution but my pc kept making a noise I help for about 200 seconds

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If you just want to restore your system to a previous state, when the system was good then i prefer you to use windows system restore. go to Start-All Programs-Accesories-System tools-System Restore then you can choose to which state you wanted to reverse your system to. but if you want a new / clean installation of your system than you should do as the other solution.

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Shut down the locked Gateway computer by using the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit Shutdown tool. This tool shuts down and restarts a Windows 2000- or NT 4.0-based Gateway computer. Note the dialog box that comes up called System Shutdown.
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Perform this procedure before you make changes to the registry, just in case you make an error; otherwise, incorrect registry changes could create serious problems with your computer.
Click "Yes" if you receive a prompt to turn on System Restore at this point.
Clear the "Turn Off System Restore" check box by clicking on it, then click "OK," and repeat.
Click "Start," then type "regedt32.exe" (without the quotes) in search field box to modify the registry and unlock the computer. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
Locate the scrnsave.exe value under the registry key below:
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Click "String" on the Edit menu, type "logon.scr" (without the quotes), then click "OK."
Look for the ScreenSaverIsSecure value, then click "String" on the Edit menu, type "0," then click "OK."
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