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How do I restore my Dell desktop computer to the "out of box" condition?

I bought an Inspiron 530s a couple weeks ago and i want to restore it to the original condition when i purchased it. I have the Operating System and Drivers and Utilities disk, but no instructions on the proper procedure to do this.

can anyone help??

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  • Chongris Jul 03, 2008

    Thank you for your accurate and very speedy help :)

  • hanjin13 Mar 18, 2009

    i am trying to figure out how to restore my dell desktop, i can restore to a earlier point, and i put the resore disk in and reboot the system and it sound like its going to read and then windows pops up and the computer starts....... i dont know how to get the disk to read

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Turn pc off with the system cd in the drive and reboot to cd. It will ask if you want to repair or install. Just follow the prompts to do a full reinstall. It will ask if your sure, and that all data on drive will be lost. Click yes and it will uninstall and reinstall everything to factory settings. Then boot the driver cd, and it will let you know what drivers are needed for your pc.
Make sure that your cd drive in bios is the first to start and not the hard drive. You can change that later if you want but I leave the cd drive as first so if there is a problem, I can use the disk to boot from. Also, only leave mouse,keyboard,and monitor plugged in. Unplug printers, scanners, ect:
After that, make sure you do all the update's and have a good antivirus program installed. I use Avast free and love it. Don't run 2 virus program. They will cause a conflick, so if you have one on the disk from the restore,remove it from add/remove first.

Good luck, it's easy to do and much easier that removing some of the virus's out there, and fixing some of the hardware conflicks

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