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Can't factory restore dell inspiron 531 (windows xp).

When I turn on my computer a screen pops up. On this screen it gives me the option to "strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility." After I strike f1 the computer starts up normally. While it is starting up I strike f8 to repair my computer, BUT WAIT I do not have the repair my computer option. The options are in order as follows.
Safe Mode Safe Mode With Networking Safe Mode With Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging Enable VGA Mode Last Known Good Configuration Directory Services Restore Mode Debugging Mode Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure
Start Windows Normally Reboot Return to OS Choices Menu

Please help me, I have tried everything, but nothing seems to work.

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  • h_omerdic Jun 23, 2009

    I don't have the option to restore my computer.

  • h_omerdic Jun 23, 2009

    I don't have the option to repair my computer on the advanced options menu.

  • h_omerdic Jun 23, 2009

    Pressing f1 starts my computer up. My computer is full of viruses, though, and I am trying to do a factory restore on it. I don't have the "repair my computer option" on the advanced menu.

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    Hi, I am unsure if you actually tried a factory restore, or if this is a new problem that just "popped" up. Please let me know what happens when you press f1 to try to reboot WITHOUT pressing F8 for safe mode. Hank

  • HOchoa May 11, 2010

    Do you have the restore DVD or CD that came with your machine ? usually just rebooting, telling it to boot from CD (if it doesnt already) and it should walk you thru it.



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  • Jdirck75 Oct 24, 2011

    Im having the same problems with my inspiron 531s. I cant seem to get to where I can restore it to factory setting. Everythi.g I read says f11. F11 does nothing. F2 gets me to boots. I tried doi.g that but seem to be getting no where. Can u help me out


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You might want to try going into setup and setting your boot drive options to DVD drive as your 1st, HD as 2nd and Floppy as 3rd. Put your windows disk in the DVD before boot and run the program from DVD.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

  • David W Finley Jun 23, 2009

    You might want to try going into setup and setting your boot drive options to DVD drive as your 1st, HD as 2nd and Floppy as 3rd. Put your windows disk in the DVD before boot and run the program from DVD.

  • David W Finley Jun 23, 2009

    You've been sending out multiple notices of the same debug, so you must be in quite a quandry.As Hank94170 was asking, do you have the backup disks that come with a Dell system. I know they come with HP and Compaq wasn't sure of Dell. If it's like the others, you can only use it in the machine it came in. Oh, the good old days. Try my original answer if possible. When you get to the screen says hit = to go to setup, do it. In setup screen go to boot menu. Look to change the sequence of boot devices from Hard Disk 1st to DVD/CD 1st maybe Floppy 2nd and Hard drive 3rd. Your system should come up and ask if you want to boot drom DVD/cd hit a key. You are now at the part of windows where you can repair or wipe out your existing copy. If you wipe out your copy, you'll have to re-install all your programs ( unless you've backed up :)



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This can usally be sorted by inserting your Dell windows OS restore disc & choosing the repair option.

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How do i factory Restore my inspiron 531 computer please help!

very easy sir..restart the computer and start pressing F8..u will see a screen where u will c a option,,repair my computer,select tat and hit enter..u will see an option which will say"restore my computer to original factory settings"..just read the prompts and go takes 8-12 min to finish the restoration and after tat u hav to reconfigure the computer as u did when u got the computer for the first time...but remember all ur data will be back up all the data

best of luckk,,,giv a good rating..keep me posted

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