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Dell Optiplex GX150 Factory Settings Restore Partition...

I own a Dell Optiplex GX150. I am trying to access the system partition that will allow me to restore back to my factory settings. This computer was purchased back around 2001 and did not arrive with any "CD's".

My issue is that I have too much junk filling up my computer and need to erase my hard drive without erasing my system files that it needs to operate. As I don't have the CD to restore Windows XP this is a severe problem I am encountering.

I read that restarting the computer and pressing Ctrl + F11 would access that partition and allow me to revert to these factory settings. I tried it but it didn't do anything.

How do I restore my Dell Optiplex GX150's factory settings without erasing my necessary system files that it needs to operate? Please help.

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This is from the Dell support site. You were correct in pressing ctrl+f11 but perhaps you did not press at the correct time. If in following these first two steps you do not get the recovery console, it may not have been installed on your computer.



1 Turn on the computer.
2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.
4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish.

When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
The system recovery process was successful.
5 Click Finish or press <Tab> to highlight Finish and then press <Enter> to restart the computer.
The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

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I have a Dell xp professional and my restore is blocked out so that I can not restore it to a previous date or restart in safe mode what do I do?

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The only other way to run the Dell System Restore is in Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore

This method can work if you have created Restore Points, or you can use the automatic System Checkpoints. Any dates that the system is capable of restoring to will be in bold on the calendar display after selecting "Restore my computer to an earlier time."

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  • If you don't have a spare hard drive you can only format the original drive then I suggest you get or buy a hard drive that you can later on do the full restore afterwards. Right now just use a good 80 or 320 GB hard drive and then install Windows XP and make sure you get all the drivers from the other hard drive so you don't have to go through the hassle in downloading from the internet you only have to do that. Use the hard drive that is full as a spare and then transfer all the important files onto the hard drive you bought. Make sure your hardware specs match. For example if the hard drive you have is SATA then get a SATA not IDE. If you have the CDs that came with your system great if not you'll have to get them from Dell or somewhere else that you can get it in wholesale. If you have any problems you can send your system to me and I'll fix it for you alright.
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    I too need to restore my Dell/Windows XP Pro "Optiplex GX150" to factory but it will not allow me to, My drive is full so I need to do a complete restore !!! PLEASE HELP !!!

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      If you don't have a spare hard drive you can only format the original drive then I suggest you get or buy a hard drive that you can later on do the full restore afterwards. Right now just use a good 80 or 320 GB hard drive and then install Windows XP and make sure you get all the drivers from the other hard drive so you don't have to go through the hassle in downloading from the internet you only have to do that. Use the hard drive that is full as a spare and then transfer all the important files onto the hard drive you bought. Make sure your hardware specs match. For example if the hard drive you have is SATA then get a SATA not IDE. If you have the CDs that came with your system great if not you'll have to get them from Dell or somewhere else that you can get it in wholesale. If you have any problems you can send your system to me and I'll fix it for you alright.

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