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Post by lcander on Mon 24 Aug 2009, 1:59 am

I am working on a Dell Studio laptop that I want to restore to the factory settings to clear up some problems. ( I think some things were deleted that shouldn't have been. ) Already have everything needed backed up. Apparently the owner had tried to fix things by reinstalling the Vista Home Preminum OS. Except he used a 32 bit Vista disk for the install and the 64 bit Home Premuim was OEM. Apparently he can't find a 64 bit OS disk that should have come with the laptop and I don't have one to use to even temporarily boot from to try the factory restore.

Now when I use F8 and try to use the restore to factory settings option I get a message that says it can't repair the operating system it 'finds'. I can see the 'Recovery D:' partition when I explore. When I tried using the 32 bit disk he sent, it doesn't allow for the repair/restore to factory settings. Are there other keystrokes that might get me in to the restore
I'm really hoping for some ideas how to get this back to factory settings.

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Solved Re: restoring dell to factory settings

Post by Doctor Inferno on Mon 24 Aug 2009, 2:21 pm



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Post by lcander on Mon 24 Aug 2009, 3:12 pm

I both held the CTRL+ F11 key and tapped F11 at the Dell screen. If I held it, it stopped/slowed the blue progress bar. I held it this way for several minutes. Wasn't sure how long it should take to see the restore option screen. If it was tapped then held I got continuous beeping and then it finally went on through to start Vista. I even tried to get them both held before the 'Dell' splash screen.
Should I have held it longer?
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Post by Doctor Inferno on Mon 24 Aug 2009, 4:05 pm

Hmm... That's strange. Ok since you are able to boot into Windows, see if there is a restore option under the start menu.


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Post by lcander on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 8:08 am

I don't see anything besides a System Restore which isn't really what I need to do. ( I want to go back to original factory settings.) Any ideas where I might look? Should I try holding the CTRL + F11 longer? on start up?
Is there some way I can go into the Recovery D: partition and get it to work? I tried copying it to a SDcard or USB drive to see if it could reinstall from there.
Any other thoughts?
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Solved Re: restoring dell to factory settings

Post by Doctor Inferno on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 2:30 pm

Hello,

Try holding it long then. Only the D partition or the recovery CD will work. You can't install it from a USB media.


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