How to Reinstall PCRestore.exe on an Inspiron 1525

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How to Reinstall PCRestore.exe on an Inspiron 1525
PCRestore.exe is a Dell-developed software repair program. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

PCRestore.exe is software developed by Dell Inc. for its laptop computers. The Dell Inspiron 1525 is a mid-priced laptop. When purchased, the Inspiron 1525 comes with an "imaged" hard drive - meaning that a copy of the hard drive contents has been supplied by Dell in a partition on the hard drive, much like a separate file drawer in a file cabinet. PCRestore.exe resides there to work like System Restore in Microsoft Windows. If it's somehow deleted, it can be downloaded from several Internet sources.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Open the Dell System Restore, or DSR, partition on your primary hard drive. Go to "My Computer" and open your C: hard drive to get to the DSR partition.

  2. 2

    Reboot the Inspiron 1525. Hold down the "Control" key together with the "F11" after the booting chime, then release the keys.

  3. 3

    Click "Start", then "Run" to open the command prompt text box: Type "d:cd tools" without the quote marks in the text box.

  4. 4

    Type "imagex/apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:" at the command prompt. This begins the recovery process; it will complete in 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Restart your Dell Inspiron 1525. It will reboot from the restored hard disk C.

    How to Reinstall PCRestore.exe on an Inspiron 1525
    Don't despair; there are several ways to reinstall PCRestore.exe. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • The imaged partition must exist before it can be restored. If Dell didn't ship your Inspiron 1525 with a DSR partition, restore can't be used. If you deleted the DSR partition, you also can't restore. You can reinstall if you have the Dell Resource CD.
  • Note that running PCRestore erases ALL existing hard drive data. This means programs, drivers, files, folders, photos and everything else should be back up to some other media. before performing a PC Restore.

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