Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

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Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun 22 Mar 2009, 8:56 am

To access the recovery partition on your Dell computer for recovery, follow the steps listed below.

1. Power on the computer
2. At the Dell logo, hold the Ctrl key and press the F11 key simultaneously.
2. The Dell PC Restore screen will come up.
3. Select Restore or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.
4. if you wish to continue, click Confirm, or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.
5. When the utility is finished, click Finish, or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.


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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by Jerry Parnell on Mon 23 Mar 2009, 3:55 am

Alternative Guide for Dimension based Dell products.

Hit F11 to access the boot menu.
Select "Repair my PC" from the menu that follows.
You will boot into an environment with diagnostic and repair tools. Select "Factory Image Restore".

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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by KWEST on Mon 20 Jul 2009, 6:41 pm

Are there similar steps for a Gateway computer (with Windows XP)? Thanks.

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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by Doctor Inferno on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 8:29 am

Hello KWEST,

Yes there is. For a Gateway PC, press F11.

Take a look here for more info: http://support.gateway.com/s/SOFTWARE/Medialess/MLXPH2/MLXPH2faq6.shtml


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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by alilujah on Sat 25 Jul 2009, 10:07 pm

The model that I have doesn't have an F11 key, at the Dell screen there is an option to hit 2 for Setup and 0 for Boot Options. Not sure where to go from there.

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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun 26 Jul 2009, 2:44 am

Then it would be 0.


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Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by mariablahut on Wed 27 Jan 2010, 9:34 pm

When I press cntrl+f11 nothing happens. How do I restore my computer if it doesn't work? Please help!! F8 doesn't work either or hitting f11.

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Thanks Alot Doctor Inferno!!!!

Post by Mastema on Tue 23 Feb 2010, 12:29 am

I made this account just to thank you man ;) this guide is super helpful...thanks again ^^

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Alternate method

Post by BuildMyPC on Sun 28 Mar 2010, 3:49 am

Greetings all,

I happened across a Dell Inspiron laptop that would not respond to hotkeys to access the restore partition, I was however able to trip it into startup repair mode which by stopping that I was able to access the retore GUI and set it back to factory shipped state.. Maybe that will help some who cant access the restore using conventional methods.

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Re: Dell System Recovery Partition Hotkey & Instructions (Dell PC Restore)

Post by quickercarter on Tue 04 Jun 2013, 8:55 am

Doctor Inferno wrote:To access the recovery partition on your Dell computer for data recovery, follow the steps listed below.

1. Power on the computer
2. At the Dell logo, hold the Ctrl key and press the F11 key simultaneously.
2. The Dell PC Restore screen will come up.
3. Select Restore or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.
4. if you wish to continue, click Confirm, or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.
5. When the utility is finished, click Finish, or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter.
With this recovery method, you can recover your system literally within minutes. It uses a separate section of your hard disk called a partition that contains a system image.

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