Question about Dell Inspiron Computers & Internet
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?
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Mar 20, 2009
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.
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
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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Posted on Aug 25, 2009
If you want to do the factory recovery, 3 ways to do the system recovery
1 login to windows
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
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
If you want to reformat to factory condition, then press Ctrl + F11 at start-up when the blue bar comes up with "Dell.com" 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).
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
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