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How do i reboot a dell optiplex 960 to factory settings if i cannot login?

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How to enter BIOS?
1. Turn on or restart your computer.
2. Press "F2" to enter "System Settings" (BIOS) when the DELL icon appears.
Restore the BIOS to default settings.
Press "Caps Lock", "Num Lock" and "Scroll Lock" buttons to light up the corresponding lights on the keyboard. Then, press the following three combination keys:
Alt+E - Clear (Release) the interrupted resources and reallocate resources at next startup. After pressing the combination key, you will hear a sharp beep tone.
Alt+F - Restore BIOS to the default settings. After pressing the combination key, you will hear a sharp beep tone.
Alt+B - Restart the system.
Password clearing method 1: When the password input box appears, type in the password and press "Ctrl" and "Enter" simultaneously.
Password clearing method 2: Remove the PSWD jumper on the MB and start up the system. Set the password to empty in BIOS, shut down the system and reconnect the PSWD jumper.
Hope this method will help you otherwise check Dell Optiplex 960 Manual- https://guideusermanual.com/product-name-optiplex-960-manual&po=344822&lang=English for expert's suggestions.

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SOURCE: Dell Optiplex GX150 Factory Settings Restore Partition...

This is from the Dell support site. You were correct in pressing ctrl+f11 but perhaps you did not press at the correct time. If in following these first two steps you do not get the recovery console, it may not have been installed on your computer.



1 Turn on the computer.
2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.
4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish.

When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
The system recovery process was successful.
5 Click Finish or press <Tab> to highlight Finish and then press <Enter> to restart the computer.
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SOURCE: How do I reset my Dell Optiplex 360 to factory

back up all of your data(music,documents,videos)before you do this..if you can't boot up then use ubuntu,slax or other types of bootable cds. also be sure to download the drivers from dell.com put them on a flash drive just in case automatic updates don't get it to set it back to the factory setting you are going to have to get a xp installation(asuming it is xp,or what ever disk came with your comp)the disk should say operating system on it.what you do is put the disk in and boot off of it.if this message don't come up 'press any button to boot from cd......' then your going to have to go into the bios and change the cd drive before the harddrive.if the message does come up hit any button and wait for the blues screen.after it is loaded hit enter f8.if a screen says existing operating systems hit esc(on that screen there is a option to repair the os but you have to know th command lines to do so).if not and it goes to the partion screen then delete the existing partion and create a new one.to do so go to the partion and (delete)hit d L enter.(create)c enter. after you have formed a new partion hit enter....it will format the drive(delete everything)after it is done formatting it will start to instal the os.in xp it will stop 2 times for your input.after everything is done loading you should be able to custamize everything and install things.in the bottom right hand cornor there should be a marker telling you to activate windows.click it and use the product key on the side of your comp(laptop under it)if there is none there try keyfinder.i will email it to you if you can't find .also be aware that you have to reinstall office, antivirus and other programs. so make sure you have all of the cd's.

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SOURCE: reset bios to factory settings in dell optiplex

Hi,

The BIOS password may be cleared from a Dell Optiplex by removing the password jumper (PSWD) from the motherboard.
Can click the link below to see how its done or follow the steps below :--
http://support.dell.com/support/systemsinfo/documentation.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~subcat=87&~cat=12

Choose the desktop model and continue.

For most Dell Optiplex desktops, the steps to reset a BIOS password and clear all CMOS settings are:

  • Locate the 3-pin CMOS password reset jumper on the system board.
  • Remove the jumper plug from pins 1 and 2.
  • Place the jumper plug on pins 2 and 3 and wait approximately 5 seconds.
  • Replace the jumper plug on pins 1 and 2.
Else can follow Optiplex User Guides.

Hope it helps !!
Thanks.

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SOURCE: Need to reboot my dell

If you wish to restore your computer's factory settings, you need to back up you computer first.
Here is a link from Dell on how to reset your Dell's to it's factory settings.
All the best!

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

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