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Key Combo to Restore PC to Dell Factory?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by FrontierDriver284, Aug 6, 2007.

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  1. FrontierDriver284

    FrontierDriver284 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hello, I'm sure this is around somewhere, but I've searched and can't find it. What is the key combo to press at startup to restore a Dell laptop to the factory settings? I'm having a TON of Vista errors, and want to try reseting everything. I haven't had this many errors on a computer since the days of Windows 98. :mad: I have Windows Home Premium Edition, would Vista Business be any better? One of the most common errors I get is "Explorer.exe" must close.

    Luckily I haven't been doing any real work when these errors have happened.

    Edit** Think I found the key combo, is it still ctrl+F11 upon startup for Vista machines?
     
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    No one?? I tried cntrl + F11 but that didn't work? How do I boot in the restore partition?
     
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    some of the newer dell vista machines have factory restore tied into the f8 (safe mode) option
    mine does
    jim
     
  4. Player13

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    I had the same problem. Tweaked around with Vista a little and ended up frying the install. I posted on the Dell community forums and was pointed to this site:

    http://support.dell.com/support/top...E89689E13C2E040A68F5B280AA4&c=us&l=en&s=gen#2

    It was very helpful as I had tried to reinstall everything but could only get Vista to do a clean install and not any of the Dell Utilities. This should restore your computer to the way it was out of the box. Let us know if it works!
     
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    Great find Player13
    thanx
    jim
     
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