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Factory restore for latitude c400

I have a latitude C400 with windows XP pro. I wish to restore it to the factory setting. Using F11 brings up the advanced startup options but "repair your computer" is not one of them. Anything that I can do?

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  • kingpr Nov 21, 2008

    I wish to restore the whole machine back to when I first had it (I realise this will erase all files and software installed since then. The various forums I have searched suggest F11 or ctrl F11 for this and to choose "repair computer" from the list of options. F11 doesn't help on my machine. F8 brings up the advanced options menu but there is no "repair computer"option. Is there an alternative?

  • kingpr Nov 21, 2008

    Yes that's right - except I don't have the install disc. My understanding is that I can use a procedure similar to that mentioned by miginic - except that on my machine F11 doesn't give me a restore option. I was wondering if there was any other way to get to the same option.

  • mccarthy_luk Nov 29, 2008

    I have the same issue f11 doesnt work just f8 but no destructive reeboot. does anyone know how to take right back to factory settings

  • P. Thomas
    P. Thomas May 11, 2010

    what it sounds like to me is that you wish to reformat the drive, wipe all the data clean, and then reinstall from a cd, is that correct? just want to get terminology straight here

  • P. Thomas
    P. Thomas May 11, 2010

    can you be more specific about factory settings you have in mind?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Tried to restore it back to factory settings like brand new. I hit to back up files and ben months now and scren says setup is starting..then it will say start installation process over. But I cant get into anything. Can you please help me? I don't have alot of money to bring it to computer repair store so I am trying to do this on my own.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I want to restore to factory settings for windows xp


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Well..that would be a new thing for me. I do not recall any F11 function that will do this. Perhaps he or she has more information on this..

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If you hit F11 you will get the restore option. Once this runs it will ask you whether you want to restore (which will keep your existing personal files) or format the drive to bring it back to factory settings, just as you received it without your added programs or files. You can cancel at any time before the format takes place, because formatting will erase everything before loading your new operating system. Hope this helps you.......

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