How do i get my laptop back to factory settings?
Here's what you need to do:
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec
NOTICE: Using Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard
drive and removes any applications or
drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up
the data before using PC Restore. Use PC
Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system
NOTE: Dell PC Restore by Symantec is not available in all countries or
on all computers.
Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your
PC Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in
when you purchased the computer.
Any programs or files added since you received your computer—including
data files—are permanently
deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets,
e-mail messages, digital photos,
music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC
To use PC Restore:
1 Turn on the computer.
During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top
of the screen.
2 Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>.
If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer
finish starting, and then restart the
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in
the following step.
3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore.
4 On the next screen, click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete.
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5 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the
computer completely reboot.
6 When prompted, click Yes.
The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original
operating state, the screens that
appear, such as the End User License Agreement, are the same ones that
appeared the first time the
computer was turned on.
7 Click Next.
The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.
8 After the computer restarts, click OK.
REMEMBER go to Microsoft Updates as all those downloaded since you got
the mach will be GONE
If you just want to restore to an earlier date
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
If problems occur after you install a device driver, use Device Driver
Rollback (see "Using Windows XP
Device Driver Rollback" on page 52) to resolve the problem. If that is
unsuccessful, then use System
NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state,
save and close any open files and exit any
open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until
the system restoration is complete.
1 Click the Start button, point to All Programs→ Accessories→ System
Tools, and then click System
2 Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and
3 Click a calendar date to which you want to restore your computer.
The Select a Restore Point screen provides a calendar that allows you to
see and select restore points.
All calendar dates with available restore points appear in boldface
4 Select a restore point and click Next.
If a calendar date has only one restore point, then that restore point
is automatically selected. If two or
more restore points are available, click the restore point that you
5 Click Next.
The Restoration Complete screen appears after System Restore finishes
collecting data and then the
6 After the computer restarts, click OK.
To change the restore point, you can either repeat the steps using a
different restore point, or you can
Mar 01, 2010 |
Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook