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What is setting the pc back to factory settings mean?

Dell tech. support was called as the dell desktop acquired a virus that could not be cleaned by mcafee (current dats) nor qwest. Dell finally set the pc back to default factory settings over the phone. What exactly is this? Did they somehow reimage the pc? Thanks!

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Re: What is setting the pc back to factory settings mean?


Restore default factory settings in setup - Only recover the seetings of your motherboard (date and time, pc health, etc)

Restore Software factory defaults - All hard drive is reinstalled, original software of Dell. Programs like MS Office, all of your data have to be reinserted in the computer.

I didnt understand the "over the phone".

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Dell dimension 5150 can not return to factory settings using ctrl f11 error code in recover my computer wizard ec950025. i know nothing about computers


Eversince PC Restore has been put to Dell computers, it has been convinient for home users to reset their computers back to factory settings. This error indicates that the factory image settings pre-stored in the hard drive of your computer is corrupted already. What you need to do is to perform manual reinstallation of Windows. Assuming still have the Recovery Disks for your computer, you may follow the steps from this LINK01.

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