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Reload windows I need to restore my dell dimension 5100 to factory settings. I do not have a windows xp disc but I believe you can reload windows from another part of the hard drive, but cannot remember how to do this. Can you help?

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Hi Dragon,

Try pressing the Ctrl and the F11 key at the same time, right after you boot the PC. You might have to try this a few time, because the time slot of this option is fairly narrow. Should give you the restore partition. Then just follow the prompts. Good Luck!

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Factory restore


Dell Dimension computers have a built-in PC restore system that allows you to quickly restore the PC to its original factory settings.
The PC restore is located in a hidden partition of the PC's hard drive and contains a copy of the computer's original factory installed software.
There are two different ways to restore the Dimension's settings depending on which operating system your computer is running.

Windows XP

Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.
Restart the computer.
After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, hold down the "Ctrl" key and press the "F11" key.
If the Windows XP screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.


Highlight "Restore" in the Dell PC Restore window by using the tab button.
Hit "Enter."


Highlight "Confirm" in the restore warning box by using the tab button.
Hit "Enter."
This will start the system restore process.
Do not attempt to turn off the computer during this process or vital system files may be damages and you will not be able to restart your computer.


Click "Finish" in the box that notifies you that the restoration has been successful.


Hit "Enter" to restart the computer.
The computer has been restored to the original factory settings.

Windows Vista

Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.



Restart the computer.
After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, press the "F8" key.
If the Windows Vista screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.


Highlight "Repair Your Computer" by using the down arrow key in the Advanced Boot window.
Hit the "Enter" key.


Click "Next" after selecting a language. Log into the computer as an administrator.
"OK." Choose "Dell Factory Restore."
Click "Next."


Check "Yes" next to the reformat the hard drive and restore factory settings option.
Click "Next" to start the restoration process.
Do not attempt to turn off the computer during this process or vital system files may be damages and you will not be able to restart your computer.


Click "Finish" in the box that notifies you that the restoration has been successful.
The computer will automatically restart itself to its original factory settings.



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if it comes with windows 7 or vista you can try and tap f8 until you get a boot menu and there should be an option to repair your computer, if it's windows xp you're kinda screwed unless you can access the recovery partition.

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My Dell Dimension 2400 has stopped working - how do i restore the factory settings ?


Hello,

It appears your model Dell 2400 should have been supplied with the CD's for reinstalling Windows XP, CD will be green or blue in color and the drivers and applications that came with the computer.

If so, back up your files first to an external drive and then put the CD in the CD drive and reboot the computer. It should come up to reinstall XP.

If good to go, you will be prompted to install the second Cd as well as online XP updates.
Software that was installed after you bought the computer also wouyld have to be reinstall as well as restoring your backed up file.

Rememberm all data is lost when you reinstall your operating system, unless these is a choice on install that may ask for destructive, or non-destrutive (keeps files).

I am attaching a link to Dell for your to copy and paste into your web browser for the support page for drivers and user guide in the event you need to reveiw the process.

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_CEL_2400&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

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DELL Dimension 510 no administrator in user..it disappeared and boots up to guest user only. This happened suddenly and I think i got hacked. How to change to where I was the only user and...


Just use the XP disc that came with yoru computer and do a repair reinstall.

first screen you boot to you select to install windows. it will show the legal agreement you hit f8 then it will scan for versions of windows. at this point hit R for repair and allow it to do so. it will reinstall and repair the os. this will fix the account issue as well as leave your programs and drivers intact.

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Im trying wipe my computer clean of any programs and start over again but i don't know where to go


i found this solution elsewhere. basically you want to try and do a factory restore , if this is no help do a google search on "Dell Dimension 5100 factory restore"
"OK try this, when dell screen comes up on keyboard hit CTRL+ F11 twice only then you will see Dell pc restore by Symantec.Hit on restore and hit on i agree and select the option Restore the pc to Dell factory settings and then it will restore the pc "

Dec 19, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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NEED TO RESET TO FACTORY SETTINGS....THE CTRL-F11 THING DOESN'T DO ANYTHING & I CAN'T FIND ANY OTHER PLACE TO DO THE RESET.....I HAVE 2 DISCS....ONE IS FOR DEVICE DRIVERS (SAYS FOR REINSTALLING) &...


To reload Windows..
As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. This must be done before Windows logo appears.
Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.
Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
Click Next.
The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
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.
The reload Windows information is from the Dell website,
http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...

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If the CNTL+F11 keystroke is not available at boot (Blue bar at top of screen immediately after Dell Splash Screen) then you cannot run PC Restore on that system and will need to reinstall Windows Manually.by booting to the WIndows XP CD

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