How to Factory Restore My Dell Inspiron 531S

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How to Factory Restore My Dell Inspiron 531S
Learn to restore a Dell Inspiron 531S laptop to its factory settings. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

Computer viruses are a huge pain to deal with. They cause major system performance issues and can often render your Dell Inspiron laptop completely inoperable. One way to repair your Dell Inspiron in the event of a virus is to restore your computer to its factory settings. This means that you reset your laptop's hardware settings to the date that you purchased or set-up your computer. This function can be performed by the Windows System Restore utility program, or you can use Dell's pre-installed system restore utility.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn on your Dell Inspiron, click on the "Start" menu icon located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, and then click on "All Programs." Select the "Accessories" drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Click on "System Tools," and then select "System Restore." Click on "Restore my computer to an earlier time" Click on the "Next" button to continue. A window with a calendar will open.

  3. 3

    Click on the back-arrow next to the calendar until you have reached the date when you purchased your computer. Select that date, and then click on the "Next" button to continue. Your computer will automatically restart.

  1. 1

    Turn on your Dell Inspiron laptop, and then press F8 while the computer is booting to enter the Advanced Boot Options menu.

  2. 2

    Press the down arrow until you have selected the "Restore Your Computer" option. Hit the Enter key to continue. Select "English" as your language, and then click on the "Next" button to continue.

  3. 3

    Enter your username and password, and then click "OK" to continue.

  4. 4

    Click on "Dell Factory Image Restore," and then click "Next" to continue.

  5. 5

    Check the box next to "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition." Click "Next" to begin the restoration process, and then click on the "Finish" button once the restoration process has completed.

Tips and warnings

  • Backup all of your files, folders and software before performing a system restore on your Dell Inspiron 531S. Restoring your factory settings erases your software and files and all data associated with it.

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