Question about Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

3 Answers

I need to wipe my computer and dont know how

My computer wont run any programs in normal mode. i can get on the internet but not through the internet explorer only through firefox. when i try and run any programs it says i am not the administrator or it wont open or it will open but it will then lock the page and it wont run.

Posted by on

3 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 238 Answers

That is because you are not logged in as Administrator. To have full access on the computer, you should log in in your administrator account. Go to Start, Control Panel, User Accounts. Choose the Administrator account. Putting a password for the Administrator account is optional. When done, restart your computer.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 35 Answers

I am assuning you are using Vista as your OS, since you're talking about administrator privileges.
You will need a Vista disk.  If you purchased the PC and it did not come with a disk, there is typically an option in START -> ACCESSORIES -> SYSTEM TOOLS to burn a copy of Vista.  Please note: you can ONLY DO THIS ONCE. Once you have your Vista installation DVD burned, or if you already have it, simply put the DVD into your DVD drive and boot from it.  Follow the instructions to reinstall Vista.  I would recommend reformatting the hard drive during the course of installation.  You will see the option to do so when reinstalling. If you put the disk in the drive and it fails to boot, then you will have to configure your BIOS to boot from DVD drive first.  This can be done several ways depending on your BIOS, but usually is a matter of pressing the <ESC>, <DEL>, or <F1> key right after rebooting the computer.  Sometimes you will also have a boot menu accessed by pressing <F12> while booting. Hope this helps :)

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 55 Answers

If you have Vista, then do the Dell Factory Image Restore. But before you begin, remove non-essential peripherals (scanners, printers, USB devices such as flash drives, external hdd, etc.).

Fixya recommends you backup important files and data before you proceed, if possible.
If you are not already using a backup program to protect your data, or you have been backing up your important files to your hard drive (which will be erased by the restore or reinstall), then use the following instructions to quickly back up your important files to a CD, DVD or USB device.

Shut your computer down. Here are the steps:

1. Turn on the computer.
2. As the computer starts, press <F8> (keep on tapping on it) on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. (Note: You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.)
3. Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard 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. (This will be a drop-down menu. The default user will be "Administrator". Select your own user name from here. It's the same user name when you log on to Windows. Then type your password.)
6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
8. Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
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.

The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received. Then go through the initial set-up process (the thing you did when first got the system out of the box.)..

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Compaq presario wont start up


Several things could cause this. First try eliminating a few potentials sources of the problem --unplug external devices from the computer like external hard drives, usb sticks, printers, external speakers, etc. and see if you can boot the computer normally. If you can boot normally, try rebooting into safe mode and then running chkdsk. You may have to tap F10 repeatedly during rebooting to get to option such as safe mode. Allow chkdsk to complete its run; that takes considerable patience. IF you need to know how to run chkdisk, you can look that up in the F1 help screen while in safe mode. Uninstall whatever software you installed just before the crash. Reboot and allow normal booting. BUT BACKUP your critical information immediately if you get a good boot!

IF that does not fix the problem, you might have to look into using the recovery partition. That will likely allow a return to factory defaults, either with an erasure of your data or not, depending upon which option you decide upon. If all is erased, you may have to reinstall a considerable amount of software and reactivate windows via the internet. How do you get to the recovery partition? That is probably an option popping up when you hit F10. "R" for recovery.














Feb 11, 2015 | HP Compaq Presario SR1503wm PC Desktop

1 Answer

I want to return my computer back to normal mode


Hi..I think you mean SAFE mode...My computer (HP) has a way to hit one of the "F" buttons on the top row..to start the computer in a mode that will allow me to do a complete reinstall of the complete operating system, as in the day you bought the computer, but it erases ALL of your data, wipes it clean so to speak. So if you dont have anything like me thats important you can try that...How do you get on here with your computer if it dont work, exept in safe mode???

Apr 20, 2014 | Toshiba PC Desktops

2 Answers

Takes too long for PC in Library/Picture mode to respond


There might be a hidden .exe file that always loads up its memory in the registry and runs everytime you are executing a function in Libraries. Go to the internet and download any antimalwarebyte andinstall it in the safe mode... If you do not know how to go into the safe mode, just switch off your computer and switch it back on, when its loading, keep on pressing F8 as soon as you press the power button on, this will give you a page that has an option of booting into safe mode. When you are in safe mode, install the antimalwarebyte that you downloaded and runa full scan. Afterwards, restart the machine in the normal interface and install Kaspersky Antivirus, update it and run a full scan. That should solve your problem.

Jan 14, 2014 | Acer PC Desktops

1 Answer

System would not boot beyond dell logo, needs system password


When You boot up the pc, press f12 repeatedly until it shows up with three options. Start system normally. Open in safe mode (internet access). Open in safe mode (internet disabled). Click on either one of the safe modes and from there you may need to completely erase your computer but leave the windows operating system on. This should fix your problem. If not then you will need to have a windows start up disk and wipe out the windows system as well. Google will tell you how to do this as well.

Aug 23, 2013 | Dell OptiPlex PC Desktops

1 Answer

On my window update i get error code 663


Click start control panel administrative tools computer management then select event viewer this may vary depending on what operating system you have

extend the events there you will see errors in red you will no what exactly what the error was and at what time it occured

or click start type in event viewer press ENTER

you might be able work your way through the problem

The 633 error is a connection problem that appears every time you try to use the modem on your computer.

It states "modem is already in use" and prevents you from accessing the Internet.


This problem mostly appears when a device with incompatible drivers has conflicts with the modem driver on your computer system.


The major software that causes this error is the Palm Pilot Software.

With some simple troubleshooting steps, resolve this modem communication error.


Shut down all currently running applications and restart your computer.

Press "F8" repeatedly before Windows begins to open the Windows Advanced Options Menu.


Scroll down and select "Safe Mode." Press "Enter" to log into Windows Safe Mode.

Safe Mode is used for troubleshooting and repairing system components.


Click the Windows "Start" button and select the "Control Panel."

Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to open the programs window.


Click "Program and Features" (Windows Vista users) and select "Uninstall a Program" to open the programs window.


Click the incompatible software (e.g., Palm Desktop and Synchronization Software) and select "Change/Remove."


Click "Yes" to confirm and uninstall the program from your computer.


Restart your computer normally to complete the process.


Hope this helps




Nov 13, 2012 | HP Pavilion A6400f Desktop PC, Refurbished

2 Answers

I have bought mcafee cd from the store and after i restarted the computer my computer freezes at the windows xp screen. how do i fix this?


Hi
I know this may sound childish but the answer right now is to remove Mcafee. Do this by going into SAFE mode. Press F8 while the computer is rebooting. Once at the SAFE menu select SAFE mode with networking. Once into SAFE mode goto START, Control Panel, Programs and Features. From there uninstall Mcafee. I had you go to the network mode because now you will need to download the Mcafee uninstall tool. This will remove the remaining pieces of Mcafee. Once all this is done go to normal mode and please check to make sure you don't have any other anti virus programs installed - these will definitely mess with Mcafee. If there are no other anti virus programs installed I have to assume it was a virus or malware that interfered with your Mcafee install. Unless you have them already I would suggest you download and then run these programs AVGFREE.exe, MALWAREBYTES.exe and SUPERANTISPYWARE.exe. You can download these from www.download.com. Once these are completed, we know your system is clean, now run the Mcafee install and everything should work fine. Good luck

Mar 13, 2010 | Acer Aspire M5641 PC Desktop

1 Answer

I have a really slow computer at home. Mostly with


here is a quick fix download malwarebytes from downloads.com install do a full system scan let it complete follow the instructions go to quarantee and remove them(oh by the way its free download),Next you might want to check the amount of memory installed if you have room for more get it.
Good luck

Aug 26, 2009 | HP Compaq SR5702F PC Desktop

3 Answers

A window will pop up that reads internet explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close, is this a virus?


Yes, It is infected with virues. You need to scan your computer from Trojan remover. http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/download.html

Once it is complete just restart the computer..

Important : Don't forget to make system restore point before running Trojan Remover.

Jul 11, 2009 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Internet freezes, restart does not start in normal mode


These desktops came woefully short on ram,so i would upgrade if i where you.
You seem to know what you are doing,so I'll just agree with you, and say Re-install fresh.
But remember not to have the internet cat5 cable hooked up until you have some kind of anti virus installed,,i personally use AVIR.
So download and copy to a CDRW so you can install before connecting to the internet.
P.S. i also use Zonealarm firewall software (in my opinion it is the best) Set your pc to boot from CD just hit F8 or F10 as it is booting up to get the boot order screen.
Then have the WinXp cd installed in the drive as its booting.
P.S. When you are updating windows,,do not allow Service pack three to install unless you have lots of Ram installed, because it will slow your PC down to a crawl.

Jan 29, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer   Logo

640 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell PC Desktops Experts

joecoolvette
joecoolvette

Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18299 Answers

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Are you a Dell PC Desktop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...