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My computer is not booting because of a virus attack. now i need to restore my computer to its original factory settings noting that i lost my Dell Restore CD. Hope to hear from you guys Thanks alot Mike

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Go to the Dell website, and enter the model number of your computer. It will provide you instructions for restore and also any software that you require can be downloaded from the Dell site

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How to set a dell back to factory


Restore the computer to the default factory configuration

Note:

When you restore the computer to the default factory configuration, all data on the C drive is deleted. Before performing this procedure, back up any personal files. If you do not back up these files, the data will be lost.
  • 1. Restart the computer
    • To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.
  • 2. As the computer restarts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
    • Note: You must press F8 before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press F8 after the Windows logo appears, the Advanced Boot Options menu does not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.
  • 3. Press the Down arrow to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.


  • 4. Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
  • 5. Log in as a user who has administrative privileges and click OK.
  • 6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
  • 7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
  • 8. Check the box saying Yes, reformat the hard drive and restore system software to factory conditions.
  • 9. Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
  • 10. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

Jun 29, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1750 Laptop

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I need to reset my Dell Inspiron 530S back to factory settings. Can someone tell me how to go about doing this?


  • Turn off the computer, wait a few seconds and then turn it back on. As the computer starts up, press the F8 key until you see the "Advanced Boot Options" menu appear.
  • Select the "Repair Your Computer" option and press the "Enter" key.
  • Click the "Next" button, log in with your Administrator username and password and click the "Dell Factory Image Restore" option.
  • Click "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" and click the "Next" button.
  • Click the "Finish" button. The computer will restart in its original factory condition.k

  • Note: Kindly back up all necessary documents before starting restoration as it would be deleted.


    Apr 08, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 530s Desktop Computer

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    How to repormat a laptop


    Before reformatting the pc you must back up necessary files and applications that you might have. Because during the process all files would be deleted and pc would be back to its factory default. You may follow the steps below to reformat the pc.

    1. Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo
    appears, press <F8> several times to access
    the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.
    2. Select Repair Your Computer.
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    6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell
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    appears.
    NOTE: Depending upon your configuration,
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    screen appears.
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    Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
    8. Click the checkbox to confirm that you want
    to continue reformatting the hard drive and
    restoring the system software to the factory
    condition, then click Next.
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    required drivers. Depending on the region
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    Reinstalling Windows
    The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours
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    1. Save and close any open files and exit any
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    2. Insert the Operating System disc.
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    Mar 23, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop

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    This small tip will cover the main steps , to restore your Dell laptop to factory settings. Depending on the model you possess , the manipulations may be slightly different , so feel free to add any information you think may be useful to this FAQ.
    Steps
    Restore the Computer to the Default Factory Configuration

    Notice:
    When you restore the computer to the default factory configuration, all data on the C drive is deleted. Before performing this procedure, back up personal files. If you do not back up personal files, the data is lost.
    • 1. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.
    • 2. As the computer restarts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.


    Note:
    You must press F8 before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press F8 after the Windows logo appears, the Advanced Boot Options menu does not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

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    • 3. Press the (Down Arrow) to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.

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    • 4. Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
    • 5. Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
    • 6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
    • 7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
    • 8. Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.
    • 9. Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
    • 10. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

    Notes
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    Feb 17, 2011 | Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 Netbook PC

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    I have a dell inspiron 1545 and i need to format the hard drive how do i do it


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    2 As the computer starts, press on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
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    3 Press the on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press .
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    7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
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    9 Click Next.
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    10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
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    __________________________________________________________________________________

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    1 Insert the Windows Install DVD into the DVD drive, and then restart your computer. When the message Press any key to boot from the CD or DVD ... appears, press a key to continue booting to the DVD.
    new_note.jpg Note: If the computer does not boot to DVD, follow these instructions. If it does boot to DVD ignore this note.

    1 Power on the system and watch for the Dell logo to appear.

    2 When the Dell logo appears, press the key to load the Boot Menu. If the menu does not appear, restart the system and tap several times at the Dell logo screen.

    3 When the Boot Menu appears, highlight the CD/DVD drive (listed as "CDROM", "CD/DVD" or "CD/DVD/CD-RW") entry from the list and press .

    2 After Vista Setup loads, confirm the Language, Time, Currency and Keyboard Method settings are correct then click Next.

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    4 Review the terms and click I accept the license terms to proceed.

    5 On the Which type of installation do you want? window, click Custom (advanced).

    6 On the Where do you want to install Windows window, make sure the largest Primary Partition is selected then click Next. If the Primary partition has 0GB free, there should be a separate line for Unallocated Space. Select this unallocated space and click Next.
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    7 When the Setup window appears, select a user name, password, and picture for your user account.

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    10 After the Thank You message appears, click Start.


    If you need more details go to this page Source from Dell support site
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    Hello,

    Here is the primary way to restore your notebook to factory setting:

    1 Turn on the computer.

    2 As the computer starts, press on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
    new_note.jpg Note: You must press before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.
    3 Press the on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press .

    4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

    5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

    6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

    7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

    8 Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.

    9 Click Next.
    The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

    10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.
    If you have tried this and you still can get your system to restore, your may restore partition may be corrupt, you may also have a virus that is preventing you access to the restore files. Run an AV agent and retry your retore. If you still have the system disc that came with your notebook, you should be able to use them to restore the unit back to factory setting. Good Luck C2Solutions

    Jan 24, 2011 | Dell Vostro A860 Notebook

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    My computer wa attacked and i want to reformat or removed the virus,how


    If you have the recovery disk or recovery partition, you can restore it to the factory original state. This will delete any programs or setting on your system.

    If the CD works, try downloading on another computer
    http://www.ubcd4win.com/

    It will allow you to scan for viruses without booting windows from your hard disk.


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    Sep 20, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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    Computer keeps rebooting at login page. It starts up by saying it has 3 of 3 updates and don't turn off the computer and it then goes to the login page for a split second before it reboots, How do I fix...


    Hi, this is a common problem with a vista update, dont know why it does it, just does! When it tries to restart keep pressing the 'F8' button and you should get advanced boot options menu where you can get windows to try and repair itself to an earlier restore point, if the problem persists then I'm afraid you'll be looking at restoring back to original factory settings. Below is an extract from the Dell manual found at
    http://book-lab.ru/pdf/DELL-INSPIRON/service_manual_for_DELL_Inspiron_1525.pdf

    Restoring the Computer to the Default Factory Configuration
    The Dell Factory Image Restore option allows you to restore your hard drive
    back to its original factory configuration as when you first ordered it from
    Dell. This option appears on Dell computers that were originally pre-installed
    with Windows Vista® and does not include computers purchased through
    the Express Upgrade promotion or computers that were upgraded to
    Windows Vista from another version of Windows.
    NOTICE: When you restore the computer to the default factory configuration, all
    data on the C drive is deleted. Before performing this procedure, back up personal
    files. If you do not back up personal files, the data is lost.
    1 Restart the computer. To do this, click Start → → Restart.
    2 As the computer restarts, press <F8> until the Advanced Boot Options
    menu appears on the screen.
    NOTE: You must press the <F8> key before the Windows logo appears on the
    screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the
    Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see
    the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this
    step until you see the menu on the screen.
    3 Press <Down Arrow> to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced
    Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.
    4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
    5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
    6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
    7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
    8 Select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory
    condition checkbox.
    9 Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
    When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

    Hope this helps!

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    I want to restore my dell laptop to factory settings


    you can try to restore your PC from start<-all programs<-accessories<-system tolls<restore
    -Choose the earliest date that your want your PC to restore back to.

    Hope it helped

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