How to Reformat a Dell Studio 1735 Laptop to the Factory Format

Updated July 20, 2017

Some system problems and certain virus-related issues can't be resolved using the Windows System Restore tool or running an antivirus program. You may be missing system files or a virus could have embedded itself too deeply in your computer to remove. If you are experiencing problems with your Dell Studio 1735 laptop, the machine comes with a recovery partition on the hard drive that you can access while the computer is booting up. Format the hard drive and restore the factory settings to get your computer back in working order.

Click the "Start" icon on the Windows taskbar to open the Start menu. Click the arrow to the right of "Shut Down" to open a context menu. Click "Restart." The computer automatically restarts.

Press "F8" repeatedly when the Dell logo appears on the screen. You will be redirected to the Advanced Boot Options screen. If you are not redirected to this screen and the computer continues booting up, restart the computer and try pressing "F8" again. Repeat this process until you arrive at the Advanced Boot Options screen.

Highlight "Repair Your Computer" using the arrow keys on the keyboard and then press the "Enter" key.

Select the language you want Windows to use when the computer is reset to its factory defaults and then click "Next." Enter your administrative username and password if prompted and click "OK." The System Recovery Options screen appears.

Click "Dell Factory Image Restore" in the System Recovery Options screen and click "Next."

Click the check box to the left of "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" and then click "Next." The recovery process begins.

Click "Finish" when a dialogue box appears on the screen telling you that the recovery process is complete and you need to restart your computer. The computer restarts and boots to the Windows set-up screen.


Formatting your Dell Studio 1735 laptop will erase all of your personal data and any software that didn't come installed on the machine. Back up your personal files and data to an external storage device such as CDs, DVDs, a flash drive or an external hard drive before formatting the hard drive and restoring the computer to its factory settings.

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