This article will include a comprehensive guide on how to restore factory settings to a Dell Inspiron
computer running Windows Vista
or Windows 7
. It is important to follow this guide as closely as possible, as the process of restoring your computer is quite complicated.
The entire process should take about 10 minutes maximum.
Restore Dell Inspiron to Factory Settings
Dell Inspiron Running Windows XP
If your computer is currently running Windows XP
, you should begin the process by turning on your computer and then pressing and holding the CTRL
keys until the Dell logo appears on your screen.
Next, click the Restore
button, followed by Enter
. A caution message will appear to notify you about data loss incurred with the factory reset. Click on the Confirm
button to proceed.
window will now appear. Once the recovery process has begun, the Dell PC restore will usually take between 8-19 minutes to complete. Once finished, a nessage that reads, The system recovery process was successful
will appear on your screen.
Click the Finish
button, or press the any key to highlight the Finish
option and press Enter
Your computer will then restart.
Dell Inspiron Running Windows Vista or Windows 7
If your computer is currently running Windows Vista
or Windows 7
, you can begin the reset process by turning on your computer and then pressing and holding the F8
key as soon as the Dell logo appears on your screen. This will take you to the advanced boot menu
options. Select the Repair your computer
option, and enter your administrative password (if needed).
You'll be met with a list of options. Click on Dell Factory Image Restore
, followed by Next
. Then click the Yes
checkbox next to the reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition
option. Click Next
again to begin the factory restore.
Once the operation is complete, click on Finish
to restart your computer.
Note that if neither option works, this may be an indication that your laptop's factory image defaults partition have vanished (i.e. become corrupt or have been deleted). In this case, you will have to reinstall your operating system with the DVD or CD shipped with your laptop.
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