Dell Inspiron mini 1011 restore [Solved/Closed]

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 knight1latino -
I'm trying to factory reset my notebook and am struggling with the dell support site to get clear instructions about a system restore to factory settings. I've tried a number of combinations of CTRL and Fn with F10/11 etc and am not getting the restore menu on start-up.

Anybody got some clear instructions?

Help appreciated

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Wednesday October 8, 2008
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These are the Dell instructions:
To perform PC Restore:
1. Turn on the computer.
During the boot process, a blue bar with appears at the top of the
2. Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press
<Ctrl><F11>. If you wait too long and the
operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows®
desktop; then, shut down your computer and
try again.
CAUTION: If you do not want to proceed
with PC Restore, click Reboot.
3. Click Restore and click Confirm.
The restore process takes approximately 6 to
10 minutes to complete.

Do you get the Dell logo displayed after you turn on the laptop? If not then you have hardware problems and will not be able to do the restore.

Good Luck
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I am having trouble doing this also..
On start up I do not see a blue bar with - I have tried CTRL +F11 as suggested but it doesnt seem to work. It only beeps but gives me options F8 and F12 only.
This is my daughters laptop and it has a virus on it - I managed to restore another laptop due to this problem but am stuck with getting to the restore menu with this one.
Any suggestions?
I have also tried ctrl F11 dozens of times now and it doesn't work for me either. This is bugging me now as I'm sure I remember previously performing a system restore on this netbook.
Thank you so much XPCMAN!!!! My dead mini is now a maxi!
can you tell me how you solve this problem. I did the same practice but it does not give except the beeps ( after pressing Clt + F11) pls some one tell me how to restore my mini :(

thanks so much, my mini 1011 is working fine now! I had the blue screen of death!
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I rang Dell help desk (in India) and they say it's been deleted from my computer geek friend says that's almost impossible to do by accident. So they said there's nothing I can do! Still less than one year old this doesn't seem right. Any idea what I can do?

they used F8 as the key to hit
The second you hit the power button start tapping the F8 key. you will get a menu and from there you can choose the Factory Option.