Restoring your computer to its original factory settings will help if your computer is running slow and nothing you do seems to speed it up. Restoring your Alienware laptop to its original factory settings helps remove old registry and program files that you no longer use or need. It also helps to remove hard-to-get-rid-of viruses that have taken over your laptop. It is a great way to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch.
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Insert the Alienware Respawn boot CD into your CD/DVD-ROM drive and restart your Alienware laptop.
Press "Enter" to launch the Alienware Respawn program. You will arrive at the screen for Symantec Ghost.
Open the CD/DVD-ROM tray and remove the Alienware Respawn boot CD. Insert the Alienware Respawn IMAGE DVD and close the tray.
Click "Local" in the lower-left corner of the window that appears on the screen. Click "Disk" in the next window that pops up, and then click "From Image."
Click the drop-down menu next to "Look In." Click on the CD/DVD-ROM drive that contains your Alienware Respawn IMAGE DVD.
Highlight the Symantec Ghost Image file that is on the disk and click "Open" in the lower-right corner of the dialogue box.
Highlight the second drive displayed in your list of options. This is the primary hard drive for your Alienware laptop. The first drive is where the Alienware Respawn information is stored.
Click "OK" again.
Click "Yes" to start the recovery process. Your computer will be restored to its original factory settings. The restoration process should take roughly 30 minutes.
Remove the Alienware Respawn IMAGE DVD from your CD/DVD-ROM drive when the restoration is complete, and then click "Reset Computer" in the dialogue box that appears on your screen telling you that your restoration is complete.
Click "Yes" in the dialogue box that pops up after resetting your computer to restart your computer. This will finalise the installation of software for your hardware.
Tips and warnings
- Restoring your Alienware laptop to its original settings will erase all of your personal data on your hard drive. Make sure that you back up all of your personal data to another storage device, such as a CD, DVD, external hard drive or flash drive, before restoring your computer to the factory settings.
- Do not turn off your computer during the restoration process. This could permanently damage your hard drive.
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