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Can't System Restrore Dell Inspiron 531.

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

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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