Dell computers have a feature that allow you to restore the entire computer back to its original factory setting. This comes in handy when you need to wipe out the hard drive before you sell a computer or you need to solve a hardware or software problem that is otherwise irreparable. Although restoring a computer is a serious, irreversible task, the process for doing it requires little computer experience.
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Turn on the computer and press the F8 key repeatedly during the start-up until the Advanced Boot Options menu pops up.
Scroll down to “Repair Your Computer” with the arrow pad and press Enter.
Choose your preferred language setting and click Next to move on.
Log in to any Administrator user account and click OK. An account without Administrator privileges does not have the authority to restore the computer to its original settings.
Click on “Dell Factory Image Restore” and click Next to move on.
Check the box next to “Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition” and click Next to continue. The computer will begin to restore at this point.
Click Finish once prompted to do so. The computer will restart to finalise the restoration.
Tips and warnings
- Restoring the computer will wipe out all files and folders, so be sure to back up any important files.
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