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Re: how do i restore my dell back to factory settings
If you mean BIOS setting, then enter the BIOS, choose Restore Defaults.
If you mean your windows installation, use the Operating System reinstallation CD from DELL (the green CD, for Windows XP). After operating system installed, use your driver CD (usually the blue CD from DELL). If you don't have the CD, please contact Dell support center to get the CD (charges may apply).
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Unless your using a email program such as thunder bird or if it is a Yahoo or Gmail account I would not even worry about having to delete anything. Just send it back they cannot access private information without the password anyway. So send it back get it fixed and move forward with a new machine when it comes back? John
I would recommend using the Dell factory restore DVD. It probably didn't come with your computer (companies save money by not shipping a DVD with the computer). You can order it from Dell and it will probably cost less than $20. Many times the restore function by hitting a special function key at startup becomes corrupt and doesn't work. I'd opt for a new DVD to use.
a Dell Inspiron to the factory settings allows the user to restore the
Dell Inspiron to the original operating condition as if it was just
taken out of the box. Dell system includes a restore utility called 'Dell Symantec System Restore' to reset or restore your Dell system to factory setting.
Before reset any Dell Inspiron laptop, backup your all important data
and programs, otherwise you may lose it. It is recommended to use an
external storage device for your entire data backup, so that you couldn't lose it in any sudden occurring issue...
Step 2: Remove any other unnecessary external drive and restart your Dell Inspiron laptop. Step 3: Press 'F8' key continue until 'Advanced Boot Options' wouldn't be appear. Step 4: Use your keyboard arrow key to select 'Repair Your Computer' from the list and hit 'Enter'. Step 5: Now click 'Next' and login as the administrator account. Step 6: Click 'Dell Factory Image Recovery and Data Safe options', select your language option and click 'Next'. Step 7: Click the check box 'Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition' and click 'Next' to start Dell Inspiron reset process...
process will erase all your previous changes that have been made to the
Dell Inspiron laptop and reset the configuration settings to factory
You will lose all your data if you wanna set it to factory setting ,have its back up before you loose it.
Here is how to restore at Factory Setting..
1: Restart the computer, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.2: As restarts, press the F8 key until the 'Advanced Boot Options' ,menu appears on the screen.It should come up before Window logo appears.3. Press the (Down Arrow) to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.4. Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.5. Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.8. Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.9. Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.10. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
To restore back to factory settings if it is dell then for xp it is ctrl + F11 on boot and select dell factory image restore for vista it is F8 on boot select repair your computer login using ur account and then select dell factory image restore.
For other manufcturers try Ctrl + F10 or F9 on boot.
You can run a system repair with the recovery or operating system disc to get it back to the factory settings. A repair will reset the system, and leave any of your files, pics, and programs that you've put into the machine. If you want to clear everything, and go back to the factory settings, then reformat the hard drive and install a new operating system.
sir windows NT does no provide a factory settings... best solution is to overwrite the OS with the same OS... to do so first backups your files and check for some restoration points on your system restore settings....
click the window button, press all programs then accessories then system tools...
if there is an oldest restore point choose it..
after restoring your system to the oldest settings... put the OS cd and let it autorun...
choose the overwrite the present OS or something like that... after reinstalling you will see all default settings and programs back where you want them.