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I want to restore my dell computer back to its factory settings,do u hold down control and then repeatedly hit f11

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No. You are only supposed to hit those two buttons simultaneously the moment you see the Dell screen when you turn on the computer. From there, you will have an option to restore your computer to its factory settings. Please be reminded though that it will wipe your whole computer, meaning, you will lose everything on it.

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Reboot and keep tapping F11 this should get you into recovery mode.
hope this helps

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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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How to restore your Dell Inspiron Laptop to factory setting.


Most major corruption of the operating system usually requires factory image restoration. The steps below mostly apply's to most Dell systems specially Dell Inspiron Laptop. A note of caution though, the following process will wipe out all the data on your hard drive, so please consider backing up if you have important data on the hard drive.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Turn your computer off.2. Disconnect any external devices such as mouse, usb drives, internet cable, port replicators, etc.3. Turn your the computer on, as soon as you see the Dell logo, press and hold down Ctrl, while holding down Ctrl, tap or press F11 several times.4. Once booted to the recovery environment, follow the onscreen instruction in restoring to factory setting.
Hope this will help.
Regards,
Mel

on Feb 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Please restore it to factory setting by holding down Ctrl Key and hitting F11 key. Note: This will delete all of the data/files/pictures stored on the computer.

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Please turn off the computer, start hitting F8 at the startup and then choose last known good configuration. If this does not work, choose Safe mode options. If nothing works, please restore it to factory settings by holding down CTRL key and hitting F11 key up and down at the startup.

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How do i factory reset my dell studio 1537? its asking for user 2 ...name and password.....what is this??


turn off completely, power it on and as soon as the dell logo appears hold down the control(Ctrl) key and simultaneously hit the F11 key(repeatedly). The factory reset screen should come up. You will loose all data plus any programs that were added. If this does not work try the instructions on the link below. Just copy and paste. http://www.lancelhoff.com/restore-dell-studio-to-factory-settings/

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How can i restore my dell dimension to factory setting


to restore the settings you have to follow the steps

Instructions
    Windows XP
  1. Step 1 Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.
  2. Step 2 Restart the computer. After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, hold down the "Ctrl" key and press the "F11" key. If the Windows XPmag-glass_10x10.gif screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.
  3. Step 3 Highlight "Restore" in the Dell PC Restore window by using the tab button. Hit "Enter."
  4. Step 4 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.
  5. Step 5 Click "Finish" in the box that notifies you that the restoration has been successful.
  6. Step 6 Hit "Enter" to restart the computer. The computer has been restored to the original factory settings.
  7. Windows Vista
  8. Step 1 Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.
  9. Step 2 Restart the computer. After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, press the "F8" key. If the Windows Vistamag-glass_10x10.gif screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.
  10. Step 3 Highlight "Repair Your Computer" by using the down arrow key in the Advanced Boot window. Hit the "Enter" key.
  11. Step 4 Click "Next" after selecting a language. Log into the computer as an administrator. Click "OK." Choose "Dell Factory Restore." Click "Next."
  12. Step 5 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.
  13. Step 6 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.
thanks

May 18, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I want to bring my laptop back to factory settings


for a dell with windows xp
restart the system and right on the dell logo screen hold down ctrl and tap F11.. as in ctrl+F11
as you see the next page hit restore and it will start and complete in 10 min.
for windows vista_________________
restart and tap F8 a couple of times at dell logo
()choose repair my computer and then login as admin
() select dell factory image restore
careful it will wipe all the data that you you've put after getting the system

Dec 13, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Hi I have got a dell optiplex gx270 with the licence of win xp pro, I am trying to restore the system with ctrl F11 but nothing work, when I select boot from cd the system lunch win xp pro with login and...


if you want to restore the computer to the factory settings.
restart the comptuer. immediately hold down the CONTROL key and start tapping F11 key.
Note : all of the data and software would be lost. Your computer will be restored to factory settings like a newly brought system.
IF this does work then go to bios, and make cd rom as the first boot devices, hit f10. now, hit "escape" once and select, "save" and hit enter.
Now, comptuer will be restarted.Now,start tapping space bar, It will boot from the disk.
else restart the computer and again start tapping spacebar at the startup.


Dec 06, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Mini-Tower...

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Reboot


Using Dell Factory Image Restore in Windows Vista
1 Turn on the computer.
2 As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
new_note.jpg Note: You must press <F8> 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 the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard 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 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.

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