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.
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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.
Reboot the Inspiron 1525. Hold down the "Control" key together with the "F11" after the booting chime, then release the keys.
Click "Start", then "Run" to open the command prompt text box: Type "d:cd tools" without the quote marks in the text box.
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.
Restart your Dell Inspiron 1525. It will reboot from the restored hard disk C.
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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