Restore Computer to manufactures settings

  NRWOLD 00:04 04 Dec 2007

I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 with windows Vista Basic and I need to restore it to the point of when I first took it out of the box. How do I do that?

  Graham. 00:27 04 Dec 2007

This should always be a last resort. Why do you think it is necessary?

  retep888 00:38 04 Dec 2007

If you still have the Restore Partition (usually on D: drive) intact, you can use the guide below. Otherwise, you can reinstall Vista by following the steps 1 to 4 given below and then select the required options to complete the installation.

Here is a step-by-step guide to restore your system to factory condition:

1. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive, and then restart the computer.
2. During the startup process, repeatedly press the F12 Function key.
3. Press the Down Arrow key to select *Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive, and then press Enter key.
4. When the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD screen appears, immediately press any key to start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD.
5. Accept the default options, and then continue to the language settings screen.
6. On the language settings screen, click the appropriate language in the Language to install list, click the appropriate time and currency format in the Time and currency format list, click the appropriate keyboard layout to use in the Keyboard or input method list, and then click Next.
7. On the lower-left corner of the Install now screen, click Repair your computer.
8. Under Operating System, click Windows Vista, even if it this entry is already selected, and then click Next.
9. Click Command Prompt from the System Recovery Options window.
10. Type the following lines, pressing Enter key after each line:

Path = D:/Windows;D:/Windows/System32
CD Tools

10. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
11. In the Confirm Data Deletion window, click to select Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition, and then click Next.
12. Click Finish to restart the system.


  NRWOLD 00:44 04 Dec 2007

Why should it be the last resort? can it slow my computer down?

  p;3 01:28 04 Dec 2007

what do you think is wrong with it (apart from it probably having Norton on it )that you require to do such drastic action as a factory restore?

maybe describe the problems you are having ?

  C3 03:01 04 Dec 2007

Try following the Dell Guide : click here

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