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To restore factory settings the process comes in 3 flavours from the factory. One way has a hidden parition on the hard drive. When you boot up you press and hold the F11 key (may be differ on yours) and it starts the pacardbell recovery manager. This should give you the options to save off documents and settings but will wipe out the windows directory and everything under it so don't save it there. It will give you a few other options on what to save or install. This can take it back to factory new but save your stuff. The next method next two actually are booting off of the recovery dvd/cd. You may have gotten one wit the unit or were expected to make one when you got it. This tends to be a bit more agressive when restoring and usually wipes out everything on C drive. Some versions will have the option of just doing the windows directory but don't count on it. The usual problem with the dvd's is that the drive won;t read them. The last option is to just use a windows install cd. You do have a valid windows serial number so as long as you match the type it should work. Sometimes you may need to find a OEM version to get the serial to work.
You sould be able to use the boot/F11 method. As long as the os isn't Vista that usually works just fine. Vista installs had errors.
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Click "Control Panel."
Click "Recovery" under "Advanced Recovery Methods." Follow the steps on-screen, which mostly consist of clicking "Next," until Windows reinstalls itself on your computer.
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