Dell Dimension 2300 to factory settings [Solved/Closed]

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Hello,

I need to restore my dell dimension 2300 to factory settings but I have no clue how to do it. I've tried everything that everyone has posted on other sites but it doesn't help so if anyone knows how please help. :)

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There is no Factory restore partition on the hard disk in this Dell you need to do a normal Windows re-install from the Windows CD. Her are Dell's instructions for the 2300:

Reinstalling Windows XP

To reinstall Windows XP, perform the steps in the following sections in the order in which they are listed.

The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After the reinstallation is complete, you will need to reinstall the device drivers, virus protection program, and other software.
NOTICE: The Operating System CD provides options for reinstalling Windows XP. The options can overwrite files and possibly affect programs installed on your hard drive. Therefore, do not reinstall Windows XP unless instructed to do so by a Dell technical support representative.
NOTICE: To prevent conflicts with Windows XP, disable any virus protection software installed on your computer before you reinstall Windows XP. See the documentation that came with the software for instructions.
Preparing to Boot From the Operating System CD

1. Insert the Operating System CD into the CD or DVD drive.

2. Exit any program or utility that might run after you insert the CD.

3. Shut down and restart the computer.

4. Press <F12> immediately after the Dell™ logo appears.

If the operating system logo appears, wait until you see the Windows desktop, and then shut down the computer and try again.

5. Use the arrow keys to select CD-ROM, and then press <Enter>.

6. Press any key when the Press any key to boot from CD message appears on the screen.

Starting Windows XP Setup

1. When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press <Enter> to select To set up Windows now.

2. Read the information in the Microsoft Windows Licensing Agreement screen, and then press <F8> on your keyboard to accept the license agreement.

3. If your computer already has Windows XP installed and you want to recover your current Windows XP data, type r to select the repair option, and then remove the CD from the drive.

4. If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press <Esc> to select the fresh copy option.

5. Press <Enter> to select the highlighted partition (recommended), and then follow the instructions on the screen.

HINT: The time required to complete the setup depends on the size of the hard drive and the speed of your computer. You can step away from the computer at this time if you need to do so.

The Windows XP Setup screen appears, and the operating system begins to copy files and install the devices. The computer automatically restarts multiple times.
Completing the GUI Setup
NOTICE: When the computer restarts, you will see the following message: Press any key to boot from the CD. Do not press any key when this message appears.

1. When the Regional and Language Options screen appears, select the settings for your location, and then click Next.

2. Enter your name and organization (optional) in the Personalize Your Software screen, and then click Next.

3. If you are reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition, at the What's your computer's name window, enter a name for your computer (or accept the name provided), and then click Next.

If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional, at the Computer Name and Administrator Password window, enter a name for your computer (or accept the one provided) and a password, and then click Next.

4. If your computer has a modem installed, the Modem Dialing Information screen appears. Enter the requested information and click Next.

5. Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window and click Next.

6. If your computer has a network adapter, select Typical in the Networking Settings screen and click Next.

If your computer does not have a network adapter, you do not see this option.

7. If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional, you may be prompted to provide further network information regarding your network configuration, such as the domain name or workgroup name. If you are unsure of your settings, accept the default selections.

Windows XP installs the operating system components and configures the computer. The computer automatically restarts.
Completing the Operating System Setup
NOTICE: When the computer restarts, you will see the following message: Press any key to boot from the CD. Do not press any key when this message appears.

1. When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click Next.

2. When the How will this computer connect to the Internet? message appears, click Skip.

3. When the Ready to register with Microsoft? screen appears, select No, not at this time, and then click Next.

4. When the Who will use this computer? screen appears, you can enter up to five users.

5. Click Next.

6. Click Finish to complete the setup, and remove the CD from the drive.

Reinstalling Drivers and Software

1. Reinstall the appropriate drivers.

2. Reinstall your virus protection software. See the documentation that came with the software for instructions.

3. Reinstall your other software programs. See the documentation that came with the software for instructions.

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