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I want to restore my dell inspirion 1721 to factory settings i try the f8 key option but in the advanced boot options there is no "repair your computer" option. what can or should i do?

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Do you need to restore your Dell laptop computer to it's Factory Settings? What if you press F8, select "Repair Your Computer" and it doesn't work or your computer simply reboots?? Here's what worked for me.
1) Download Hiren's Boot Cd (IT'S FREE) (hirensbootcd.org/download).
2) Burn the downloaded iso file to a blank DVD.
3) Bootup your laptop using the Hiren's boot cd/dvd.
4) From Hiren's boot cd menu select "Mini Windows XP".
5) From Mini Windows XP select "Command prompt".
6) In the command prompt window, type "d:" and press enter.
7) Still in the command prompt window, type "cd\tools" and press enter.
8) Finally, type "imagex /apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\" and press enter.
9) WARNING when you press enter you will completely wipe your c drive.
10) When complete, reboot your computer, should come up with factory settings.

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Your laptop should of come with a disc to restore it back to the factory setting what windows are you running?There should be a restore point you can go back to

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

  • mike elliott Jan 12, 2013

    hi John, i dont have the disk i am running vista i have the vista cd if i can reinstall that somehow i tried to restore it back to a earlier date but it only goes back 10 days ago i need to go back father, the main concern is i deleted my cpu fan driver and cannot figure out how to replace it i went to dell.com and reinstalled the drivers but it is still missing.

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When its a computer that is using the windows XP you wont have that option .. Its a different option to restore to the factory settings

Use the following things
Dell has a default partition on the computer and you can install with the same..
If you have windows vista on the computer then tap F8 when the computer turns on and then you will be able to see the advanced boot options.. Select repair my computer.. In the repair my computer screen select the dell factory image restore...
Your computer will go through the installation and it will be up and running...
If you have windows Xp then you have to turn on the computer and when the dell logo appears you have to simultaneously press control and the F11key.. You will be able to reinstall the OS in this way..


If you are not able to get into this option then there might be no restore partition availlable
In that case you have to reinstall using the disc

Posted on Dec 06, 2010

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SOURCE: have a Dell mini 10

Hi

have you tried at bootup

power on at same time press ctrl+F11 this may do it for you

Do you have to take it back to factory settings because you will loose everything that you have
put on the laptop unless you back it up to pendrive or spare drive

have you considered a system restore instead

if you go to

start
programes
accessories
system tools
system restore
click on it
then choose a restore point back to when you think your laptop was ok


please let us know how you got on
thankyou for using fixya

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