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Factory Reset I need to do a factory reset on a 5 year old dell dimension 4600 desktop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Mike

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  • magoo_andy May 11, 2010

    do you need a motherboard reset or hard drive.

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    do you mean start over with a fresh install?

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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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