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

#1
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.

 

richc46

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#2
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
 
#6
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?
 
#10
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?
 

richc46

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#11
If you go back far enough with Restore you may not need it.
Restore puts you back the way you were on that date. In your case prior to the virus.
How is it working now?

If it still does not work, try the factory settings again.
 
#12
i read my prior post and it didn't sound right. Not the most latest system restore point but the oldest system restore point that was available. That was before the problems started happening.

any suggestions on the road block i hit during step 2 where the recovery options window does not appear but a log in information does? I tried my user name and password that works to get on the computer but that didn't get me to the next step.

this is so fustrating, thanks for replying and trying to help.
 

richc46

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#13
Yes that is what you need. A restore point from before the problem. Go about 5-10 days before the problem. Am I misunderstanding?

If you go back before the problems and the computer is still not right, try the repair again. It may been fixed by Restore.
 

richc46

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#14
If you cannot get to repair, allow me to suggest this.
I know money is tight, but for about $125.00 you can buy the upgrade version of Windows 7. You can install it just like the full cost DVD.
You can format to get rid of the virus and everything.
Its better than factory reset
 
#15
I did the restore point about a month before the problem but that didn't fix it. Still having the same problems.

The problem I'm having in the Restoring Factory Settings, Is the part in Step 2 after clicking Select Repair Your Computer, The System Recovery Options window does not appear. What appears is a log in screen, that says "other user" and under that are the two spots to type in your "name" and "password"

however using my name and password that I use to log in to get to my desktop did not work
 
#17
If you cannot get to repair, allow me to suggest this.
I know money is tight, but for about $125.00 you can buy the upgrade version of Windows 7. You can install it just like the full cost DVD.
You can format to get rid of the virus and everything.
Its better than factory reset
yeah, that money would be pretty tough to spend. I don't see a reason why i shouldn't be able to restore it, i somehow just have to find out. I know getting info through an internet forums is much different than being hands on. this is crappy
 

richc46

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#19
How about this
Call your computer vendor or MicroSoft and you can get a Vista DVD for cost, about $25.00. You can reinstall Vista.
You need your key number, though.
 
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