Reformatting/Restore Help Please!

  buckshee 22:24 05 Oct 2006

Hi, My computer has been playing up and I want to reformat it for the first time. It is a Dell Dimension 9150 so it has dells restore facility.

I want to restore the computer to its factory settings and reformat everything from scratch.

I am not too computerate so would appreciate any help/links as to how I can do this, I have the dell windows xp cd's.

What course of action should I take should I use the restore(if so how would I do it) or just reformat it(if so how would I do this too).

Any help/links would be great as I was recommended this forum by my dad and it seems very good.


  johnnyrocker 00:22 06 Oct 2006

well it would help if you started by telling us a bit about computer type/spec and problems being encountered as a start point.


ps regards to dad

  woodchip 00:28 06 Oct 2006

Put the Restore CD in the computer and boot with it

  skidzy 06:58 06 Oct 2006

If you do not have a restore cd:

On a Dell system you should have a restore facility on a hidden partition on the harddrive.

On startup tap F11 this should now give you 3 options.To goback to factory settings,select the full restore to factory settings.

Hope this helps.

  buckshee 12:24 06 Oct 2006

Thanks for the responses, details are:

The cd,s I have from dell are: Dell Resource Cd, Dell Dimension Resource CD, Dell Dimension Eurotools System Software(both cd,s)and Dell Reinstallation dvd for windows xp media centre edition. Which one would be the restore cd?

My spec is Dell dimension 9150 intel core duo pentium 4d 3.2 GHZ, phoenix bios(5/2006), 1024 ddr ram, windows xp media centre edition. 230 GIG harddrive. Nvidia geoforce 7300 le (512 mb). dell dxp051 motherboard.

I want to use dell restore as a last option. Thanks.

  woodchip 14:06 06 Oct 2006

Does the F11 work when you are booting your computer?

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