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Dell Inspiron 1420 Factory Setting Recovery

Dell Inspiron 1420 Recovery Partition (d:) has corrupted, but I had d: copied on a flash drive, how can I recover my machine to factory setting.
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Back up all your files first because everything will be wiped out.

Turn on machine, Put the recovery cd on the cd rom drive, before it boots to windows hit the F1 to go into bios, on the startup set the cd rom the primary to boot machine on cd then follow the instructions from there..

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