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    How do I reformat my laptop?

    Hi,

    I'm having problems with explorer.exe on my laptop and I want to reformat my laptop to factory settings. How do I reformat my laptop? If it helps, I have a dell inspiron 6400.

    Comments will be appreciated.

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    Re: How do I reformat my laptop?

    If your computer is listed follow the instructiions.

    If not

    Use your manual to see what f key you should press at boot.


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    Re: How do I reformat my laptop?

    If you have the CD's to re-install to factory settings that would be beneficial because you could boot-and-nuke it then put windows back a clean driver

    If you do not have the CD's and you plan on using the back-up partition then just do a system restore and you'll be good to go.

    Either way will work however, in either case please back-up your files...

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    Re: How do I reformat my laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrucialHoax View Post
    If you have the CD's to re-install to factory settings that would be beneficial because you could boot-and-nuke it then put windows back a clean driver

    If you do not have the CD's and you plan on using the back-up partition then just do a system restore and you'll be good to go.

    Either way will work however, in either case please back-up your files...
    Can I ask how you use the back up partition and system restore?

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    Re: How do I reformat my laptop?

    Hello WildStriker,

    This link from Dell on how to do a factory restore and back up your files during it may help.

    Dell - Technical Support

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: How do I reformat my laptop?

    Here is the short version:

    Save all your important files.

    Unplug all the devices and drivers from your CPU (except the keyboard and the mouse), including your printer, camera and memory stick.

    Shut off the computer and then turn it on, or simply restart it.

    As soon as you see the Dell logo at the start keep on hitting the F8 key repeatedly. Do not stop until you see the screen that says "Repair your computer." There will be other options too but chose this option and hit Enter.

    Next you will see a prompt window giving you options to select the keyboard layout select from the drop-down menu "US" and click "OK."

    On the next screen you will be asked to select the user ID and the password of your Windows Vistaaccount. Select your user account, but make sure your user account has administrative functions. Type in your password. If you don't have a password, leave it blank and click "OK."

    Now you will come to a window with multiple options. Choose the one at the bottom that reads, "Dell Factory Image Restore." By clicking "Dell Factory Image Restore" , it will generate an operation that will take about 45 minutes to complete.

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