How to Reformat My Dell PC to Factory Settings

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Reformat your Dell to factory settings to resolve any major troubleshooting issues you may be experiencing with the computer system. The restore process is useful in fixing virus or malware infections and system errors. The hard drives are reformatted during the recovery making the process useful for wiping your computer clean before selling it to another user. Use the Dell Factory Image Restore partition included in your computer to return your PC to factory settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Disconnect any cables from external hard ware devices that are connected to the computer such as printers, smartphones, MP3 players, etc.

  2. 2

    Restart the Dell, and wait for the "Dell" logo to appear. Press the "F8" key when you see the logo to open the "Advanced Boot Options Menu."

  3. 3

    Highlight the "Repair Your Computer" option, and press "Enter." Click "English" in the language menu and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Type in the administrator username and password, and click "OK." Click the "Dell Factory Image Restore" option, and click "Next." Click "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition," and click "Next" to reformat your Dell to factory settings.

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