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Original set up

Went to best buy to get original set up on my computer put back in.and also asked dell number of time since they didn't give me any disk with my product.and I get nothing but the run around and the result is I dont think anyone knows how to get me back to the original set up this came with they gave me the run around when I had the warranty and now it's even worse.

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I'm not sure I understand your problem.
You want to reset your computer to factory settings? So a clean install of Windows?
If yes, tell me which Operating system you are using: XP, XP Media Center Edition, Vista...
Dell didn't deliver a Windows-disk with your system, because the installation can be done from your hard drive.
Please answer my questions and I'll help you further

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buy a hard disk (blank) the same se physically and in capacity as the one in your computer. Set this up to be a second hard disk or as an eternal (USB) hard disk for your computer.
Obtain from the internet a program for clones (of hard disks); create a CD from this; ensure your computer is set to boot from CD first.
Insert the CD into your CD drive. Restart your computer.
Proceed to clone FROM your original hard disk TO your new, blank hard disk. BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DO NOT CLONE THE BLANK DISK TO THE ORIGINAL DISK ELSE YOU WILL HAVE YOU WILL NOTHING. This could take hours. Your should ensure your PC is not interrupted during this process.
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What was the problem in the first place? Why are you trying to restore the computer?

Or reading wrong; do you mean the computer will not start? Boot?

Primer:
Disk Boot. -> The bootstrap files on the harddrive.
Bootstrap <- Make it easier to understand?

The basic Windows files.

Can't access restoration on the harddrive with F11? Quite common.
I mean, how crazy is that? Let's put the restoration files, (Basic Windows files), on the harddrive? So if the harddrive goes bad?????

Suggest you use the Restoration Disk.

{Pre-built computer manufacturers were packing the Restoration Disk/s with the computer. As time went by the manufacturers saw the users were not using the disk/s, or loosing them.

Didn't want to use, because of fearing computer damage if they error, or didn't even want to try.

Okay. Put the restoration files on the harddrive, then.
Have the new owner make a BACKUP, when the owner turns the computer on for the first time.
Save a few cents without providing the disk for each computer.
(Take a few cents times 50,000 computers, or more)

Hardly anyone makes a backup disk, when the computer is turned on for the first time. If the harddrive goes bad you cannot access the restoration files.

Computer manufacturers have gone back to packing the restoration disk, with the computer }

What?
Don't have the Restoration Disk? (I won't say anything about not making a backup disk. Could be failure time with it, also)

Go to the back of the computer tower, or up on the side. Write down the Serial Number. It's in the white Service Tag. S/N = Serial Number
(NO, do not post it on the internet. Only to an authorized HP representative)

Call HP Support.
In the USA call 1-800-474-6836
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Restoration Disk is free. The shipping and handling is not.
$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship. $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.

For other countries use HP Worldwide Support,

http://welcome.hp.com/country/w1/en/support.html

Do I think the Restoration Disk will repair the problem?
Dunno. Don't know what the original problem was. You haven't stated it yet.

Post back in a Comment.
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It's easy to get the Restoration Disk/s for an HP computer, Margaret.

May be able to guide you on here with repairing your computer also, and leave the 'GEEKS' at Best Buy to twiddle their thumbs, and make money off of someone else.

On the back of your Compaq Presario SR1500NX Desktop PC, is a white sticker.

Service Tag

You need to write down the Serial Number, to give to the nice representative on the phone, for HP Support.

(ONLY give out to an authorized HP representative. Do NOT post on a world-wide forum such as this)

S/N = Serial Number

In the USA call the toll free phone number - 1-800- 474-6836
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Restoration Disk is free. The shipping and handling is not.
$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship, $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.

Not in the USA?
Use HP Support Worldwide,

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/summary/ww-support.html

When you receive the Restoration Disk/s, turn the computer on, put the disk in the optical drive's tray. (CD/DVD Drive)

Drive closed let the disk load.
WHEN asked click on - Repair (Non-Destructive Installation)

This will repair the basic Windows files.

IF, you have a virus, AND cannot get rid of it, you'll have to take the computer back to Day 1, when it came from the factory.

This will be a Full Install. (Destructive Installation)

NOTE*
ALL of your personal information, AND any programs you have installed, will be GONE!

The computer will be back to Day 1 from the factory, and before you put anything on it.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

(Sound like I'm being harsh with Best Buy, and Geek Squad?
I, and others on FixYa, have repaired OODLES of problems made by these guys! )

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