If you have a severe problem with your Dell Inspiron 1525 that you are unable to resolve through normal troubleshooting, your only resort may be to erase the contents of the hard drive, reinstall the operating system and start over. Your Inspiron 1525 has a hidden partition on the hard drive that stores the information needed to return the computer to its original factory state. Boot from the recovery partition to reinstall the operating system and resolve a severe problem.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Push the "Power" button on the Inspiron 1525, and press the "Ctrl" and "F11" keys as soon as you see the website address "www.dell.com" appear in blue at the top of the display. After a moment, the computer starts and a mouse pointer appears.
Click the "Restore" button.
Click "Confirm" to restore the computer to its original factory state. This process formats the primary partition of the hard drive and reinstalls Windows XP. After several minutes, the computer displays a confirmation message.
Click the "Finish" button to restart the computer.
Click the "Yes" button. The computer starts again and loads Windows.
Follow the prompts to complete the initial Windows license agreement process. The computer restarts again.
Click "OK" to begin using the computer.
Inspiron 1525 with Windows XP
Push the "Power" button on the Inspiron 1525, and then begin tapping the "F8" key on the keyboard as soon as you see the Dell logo on the display. After a moment, Windows Vista's "Advanced Boot Options" screen appears.
Press the down-arrow key to highlight "Repair Your Computer," and then press "Enter." After a moment, the recovery utility loads and the mouse pointer appears.
Click the language and layout of your Inspiron 1525's keyboard, and then click "Next."
Type your Windows user name and password to log in to the computer.
Select "Dell Factory Image Restore" on the menu.
Click "Next." Place a check in the box to indicate that you want to restore your computer to its original factory state, and then click "Next" again. The recovery utility formats the primary hard drive partition and reinstalls Windows. This process may take several minutes to complete.
Click "Finish" to load Windows when the recovery process is complete.
Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista
Tips and warnings
- If you can access the data on your hard drive, back your important files up before using the Inspiron 1525 recovery partition. The recovery process removes all your data from the hard drive.
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