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Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

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    Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    I don't have a lot of experience with computers aside from using them to get on the internet.

    I am looking to reset my computer to the original factory settings.

    I am using Windows Vista Home Premium. And the computer is a Dell Inspirion 518/519

    I've had this computer for about a year and a half and bought it from Dell but I believe there was only a one year warranty. And if my computer came with discs they are long gone. I've been told I will lose all information like stuff downloaded, videos music etc. all except what originally came with the computer. I don't mind that. I would really appreciate if someone can link me or knows what to do to get this accomplished.

    I want to reset because my computer has caught some sort of virus, redirecting me to websites, not running properly at all. I've heard so many suggestions how to fix it that I'm on information overload. For someone like me with no experience I would just rather do a factory reset. thanks in advance, i'll be looking forward to any responses.


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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Welcome
    This is from your computer manual
    Using Dell Factory Image Restore

    NOTICE:
    Using Dell Factory Image Restore permanently deletes all data on the
    hard drive and removes any programs or drivers installed after you received your
    computer. If possible, back up the data before using these options. Use Dell Factory
    Image Restore only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system
    problem.

    NOTE:
    Dell Factory Image Restore may not be available in certain countries or on
    certain computers.

    Use Dell Factory Image Restore only as the last method to restore your
    operating system. These options restore your hard drive to the operating state
    it was in when you purchased the computer. Any programs or files added since
    you received your computer—including data files—are permanently deleted
    from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail
    messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data
    before using Factory Image Restore.
    Dell Factory Image Restore
    1
    Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several
    times to access the Vista Advanced Boot Options Window.

    2
    Select Repair Your Computer.
    The System Recovery Options window appears.

    3
    Select a keyboard layout and click Next.

    4
    To access the recovery options, log on as a local user. To access the
    command prompt, type
    administrator in the User name field, then
    click
    OK.

    5
    Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

    NOTE:
    Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select Dell
    Factory Tools
    , then Dell Factory Image Restore.

    The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears.
    6
    Click Next.

    The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears.
    NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with Factory Image

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Here is your entire owners manual. Save for future reference. The original is probably under the books and boxes in your closet covered with dust (LOL)
    http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...g/MT480A01.pdf

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Thanks, I thought of myself a google master until trying to find the right answer on how to restore my computer. Answers from every direction.

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    You only have to google richc46 and I will be here for any help that you need.

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Hey, So I did Step 1 and didn't have any problems.

    step 2 I selected Repair Your Computer but the System Recovery Options window didn't appear.

    Instead a blue screen like where I would normally put in my password to get into my desktop appeared. Instead of saying my Name it had a blank for user name and a blank for password. I tried using My name and password and it did not work.

    Is there a way around this that you or anyone who may see this knows of?

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Dell also gives repair DVDs?
    Do you have one?

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    nah, no discs. I've really had the computer almost two years and have moved once during that time.

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    Boot the computer, try to go to system restore from before the virus.
    System Restore - How to

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    Re: Trying to figure out how to Restore the original Factory Settings on my computer.

    well I did a system restore to the latest date it showed which was about a month before the problems happened.

    It's a darn redirecting virus i caught about a week ago.

    To your knowledge, will i need a disc to reset the factory settings?

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