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Hi there - I'm trying to restore my Dell Vostro 1700 to its factory settings but when I exit the start up by pressing F8 and enter the "repair computer area" I'm asked for an administrator password - the only password I have is the one I use to log on but it says this is incorrect. Is there a way round this?

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How to factory restore a dell vostro 1520 laptop


To perform the Dell PC Restore this really depends on what Operating System the Dell shipped with. Please note this type of restore will remove everything that has been added (files, programs etc) since receiving the system from Dell.

This link will display instructions for both XP and Vista:http://support.dell.com/support/topics/g...

As per the link, if the system shipped with XP you will just need to press Ctrl and F11 at the Dell screen when the computer first turns on.

If the system shipped with Windows Vista:

"Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.

As the computer restarts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
Note: You must press F8 before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press F8 after the Windows logo appears, the Advanced Boot Options menu does 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.

Press the (Down Arrow) 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 check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.

Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer."

I hope this helps.

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Your laptop should of come with a disc to restore it back to the factory setting what windows are you running?There should be a restore point you can go back to

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Resetting a Dell Vostro to the factory settings allows the user to restore the Dell Vostro to the original operating condition as if it was just taken out of the box. Dell system includes a restore utility called 'Dell Symantec System Restore' to reset or restore your Dell system to factory setting.

Step 1: Before reset any Dell Vostro laptop, backup your all important data and programs, otherwise you may lose it. It is recommended to use an external storage device for your entire data backup, so that you couldn't lose it in any sudden occurring issue...

Step 2: Remove any other unnecessary external drive and restart your Dell Inspiron laptop.

Step 3: Press 'F8' key continue until 'Advanced Boot Options' wouldn't be appear.

Step 4: Use your keyboard arrow key to select 'Repair Your Computer' from the list and hit 'Enter'.

Step 5: Now click 'Next' and login as the administrator account.

Step 6: Click 'Dell Factory Image Recovery and Data Safe options', select your language option and click 'Next'.

Step 7: Click the check box 'Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition' and click 'Next' to start Dell Vostro reset process...

This process will erase all your previous changes that have been made to the Dell Vostro laptop and reset the configuration settings to factory setting.

Feel free to get technical assistance for all type of Dell laptops(Vostro, Latitude,Inspiron...etc..) at
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If you wish to FORMAT your hard drive so you can re install the OS.
Put your Windows disc into the CD/DVD drive, boot the computer and press F2 (if that does not work try CTRL+ALT and enter) to enter the bios. Change the boot order to boot from the CD drive first.

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Hi. If you don't have any important files in your hard drive, you can recover your computer to factory image
by restarting your computer and keep tapping F8 when you see the Dell screen to go to windows advanced Option.

Select repair your computer, press enter and click next. enter your administrator password and choose Image restore.

Hope it helps! ^_^

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I would like to reset my laptop to its factory settings but dont know how. I tried F8 key and also F11 CTRL but nothings seems to work. Its a Dell ispiron 1525.


Hi,
To restore your laptop back to factory defaults you will need the restore cds that were supplied with your laptop.
Insert the cd (or the firs if is more than one) and restart your laptop.
When the message appears "Press any key to boot from cd" press enter and follow the wizard to reinstall the operating system and restore your laptop.
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Step 1: Before reset any Dell Vostro laptop, backup your all important data and programs, otherwise you may lose it. It is recommended to use an external storage device for your entire data backup, so that you couldn't lose it in any sudden occurring issue...

Step 2: Remove any other unnecessary external drive and restart your Dell Inspiron laptop.

Step 3: Press 'F8' key continue until 'Advanced Boot Options' wouldn't be appear.

Step 4: Use your keyboard arrow key to select 'Repair Your Computer' from the list and hit 'Enter'.

Step 5: Now click 'Next' and login as the administrator account.

Step 6: Click 'Dell Factory Image Recovery and Data Safe options', select your language option and click 'Next'.

Step 7: Click the check box 'Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition' and click 'Next' to start Dell Vostro reset process...

This process will erase all your previous changes that have been made to the Dell Vostro laptop and reset the configuration settings to factory setting.

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http://www.vtechsquad.com/dell-support/

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