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I am trying to return my computer to factory setting

I have tried to return Dell Insperion 6400 to factory settings by holding down F-8 when booting up. I cannot find Repair your computer as was suggested. Do you have directions on how to properly do this?

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    Bob Foltz Jan 19, 2013

    Thank you everyone for the input. Final solution was to quickly hit ctrl F-12. Boot menu takes awhile to come on screen. Everything was simple after that.



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If you are trying to set your laptop back to it's out of box state, it should have come with windows discs. Sometimes Dell called them the recovery discs. If you boot the PC with these discs in it will take you though the process of reinstalling windows. Be careful! If you do this it will erase all of your data. However, it will take your computer back to day one. If you can't find your discs you can contact Dell for replacements.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013

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    Bob Foltz Jan 17, 2013

    I have all the origional discs. I do not see any with the labels you mentioned. Iam trying to clean this up for my daughter. It was a work computer prior.Any other method that will work from a few commands. Thank you for your help

  • Bob Foltz
    Bob Foltz Jan 17, 2013

    L have located two discs that might be correct. Reinstallation CD for Micro Windows XP pro Service pack 2 and Dell Optiplex Resource CD for reinstalling Device drivers and using Diagnostics, utilities and s

  • Bob Foltz
    Bob Foltz Jan 18, 2013

    I have also tried to restore to earlier date

  • Bob Foltz
    Bob Foltz Jan 18, 2013

    I have also tried to restore system to earlier date. Once computer boots back up each time it says incomplete and no changes have been made

  • Chad Britt Jan 18, 2013

    OK. Turn on the PC and put in the reinstallation CD for Micro Windows XP. >Restart the PC. >When the computer shows the Dell Logo hit F12/F11/F8 it will take you to a boot menu.>Select boot to CD>Follow the instructions to reinstall Windows.>It should install everything. (WARNING! This will erase everything and install Windows Fresh!)>After Windows install you may or may not need to run the Dell Resource CD in windows. If everything looks like day one then you don't need the Resources CD. However, it doesn't then use the Resources CD.



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SOURCE: Trying to restore Dell Inspiron 1501 to factory settings.

don't hit ctrl, f11 instead hit F8 and then go into Dell Factory Image Restore, that will wipe, format and reinstall all the factory software that's stored on the Recovery Drive (usually the D: drive) good luck.

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SOURCE: Tried to reboot to factory settings

You have to make sure when going through the setup (if given the option) to install a clean copy and not install windows to another directory. If you have access to a floppy disk drive an easier way would to be to create a dos boot disk and reformat your c:drive. Make sure you do not have any data on this laptop you want to save. If that does not work you can try to get a DOS program called FDISK. It will wipe out the hard drive partitions so that you can reload your laptop from scratch. Let us know how it goes.

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SOURCE: Dell Inspiron 1525 Lap (Vista) boots to a black screen

That is the advanced boot options screen for your system. REpair your computer is not always available. See here. It sounds like your system may boot into safe mode, so why do you wish to restore to factory default? Why not boot into safe mode, then use Windows system restore to restore your system to a point prior to the update.
That should get you up and running, and you can troubleshoot the cause of the conflict from there, using the Event Viewer, SFC /scannow, chkdsk, etc.
The black screen could be the result of malware on the system. In that case, I recommend you follow these malware removal protocols.
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SOURCE: Trying to do a full factory recovery on an M Series gateway note

If you want to do the factory recovery, 3 ways to do the system recovery
First way
1 login to windows Start
3. click All programs
4. click Gateway
5. click gateway recovery manager
6. click restore
7. select systems recovery to factory defaults

Computer will restart itself and start doing the system recovery itself, All you need to do is follow the screen

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SOURCE: I am trying to restore my Dell Inspiron 6400 to

If you want to reformat to factory condition, then press Ctrl + F11 at start-up when the blue bar comes up with "" on it. If you miss it then just let it start up, then restart and try again. If it still does not work, press F12 at startup and select recovery option. Please note, if you have deleted the Dell Recovery Partition this will not work for you. You will need to reformat by inserting your Operating System CD at Startup and booting from that (F12).

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You did not specify what Operating System you have, whether windows 7 or Windows Vista. Anyways, here are the steps to recover the computer to factory settings in windows 7. This should also be similar in Windows Vista:

  • As the computer starts, press on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
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