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Factory restore I bought my computer from a friend and have had nothing but problems with it, I have ran several virus scans and have it cleaned out, I would like to restore the computer back to factory settings, I did not receive a disk with the computer, can I do this without a disk?

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  • Shaunari Nov 25, 2007

    I have tried the ctrl F11 option and it brings up a screen that gives me the F1 to continue, F2 for setup, F12 and F10 for something else. Can anyone help with a complete system restore?



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Who made the PC and what year?

For example the new dell systems I think everyone made after 2005, has a feature where on startup you press and hld the "F11" and it will restore an image of factory settings without the need of a disk.

If your doesn't offer this, you'll need an operating system disk, you can buy these, once bought you boot from it, we can explain how later, then basically delete the partitions and install XP or whatever operating system you decide to buy on your PC.

Before you do any of this, I would recommend buying an USB drive, or DVD RW or CD RW disk and backing up your data, I like USB cause you don't need a DVD writer, or anything like that.

Good luck!

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