How to Restore a Latitude D610

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How to Restore a Latitude D610
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The Dell Latitude D610 was originally produced with Windows XP operating system, but if you have had your D610 for some time, you may have upgraded your OS to Windows Vista, if your D610 was compatible. If your D610 is not functioning properly and everything you try does not seem to work, you may have to restore it to its factory settings. Fortunately, Dell has a restore method built in to the Latitude D610, which makes it an easy process. The steps you follow will depend upon the OS you use, although most Dell D610s operate with the Windows XP system.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Windows XP Operating System

  1. 1

    Unplug all external devices from your Dell D610, such as a microphone, speaker or external drive.

  2. 2

    Turn on your computer and as it is booting up press and hold the "Ctrl" button and then press the "F11" button. Release them at the same time. At this point on your screen you will see "Dell PC Restore By Symantec."

  3. 3

    Click on, or tab down to, "Restore" and then press the "Enter" key.

  4. 4

    Confirm that you wish to restore your computer by clicking on "Confirm," and then press "Enter" once again. At this point you will see a progress window appear on your screen. The entire restoration process will take approximately 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Click "Finish" to restart your computer when prompted.

    Windows Vista Operating System

  1. 1

    Remove all peripheral or unnecessary external devices from your Dell, such as microphones, speakers, etc.

  2. 2

    Turn on your Dell and press "F8" as the computer is booting up. You must press "F8" before the Windows screen appears, or you will have to do it again. Pressing "F8" will open the Advanced Boot Options window.

  3. 3

    Highlight "Repair Your Computer" by moving down the screen with the down arrow, and then click on "Enter."

  4. 4

    Choose your desired language setting and then click on "Next." At this point you may be asked to log on as an administrator. Once you have logged on, select "OK" and then "Dell Factory Image Restore." Click "Next" to continue.

  5. 5

    Confirm that you wish to continue with the restoration by clicking the box next to the option to reformat the computer and restore the software to factory conditions. This begins the restore process, and you will be notified on-screen when it is complete. When you receive the notification, click "Finish" to restart your computer that is now at factory settings.

Tips and warnings

  • Before restoring your computer, back up any programs or files you wish to keep by copying them to a CD.
  • Restoring your Dell Latitude D610 to factory conditions will erase all files and programs that have been added to the computer since it left the factory.

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