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Factory restore on a Dell laptop

By AlbertLionheart
Sep 25, 2008
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  1. I have a Dell laptop in the wksps which needs a factory restore. I see there are several partitions on the drive and quess there might be some recovery software on one of them - problem is, how do I get it to run?
    If needs be I will clear the lot and reinstall Windows myself, but if there is a factory restore image on there it would save time with the drivers and so on if I can run it.
    The original CDs that came with the machine are missing - the system still runs so is it possible to create a recovery CD?
    Any ideas anyone?
  2. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Maniac Posts: 631   +14

    just install a fresh copy of windows xp and then u can find all the drivers u need on the web...and those that u woant find i might have...i have some dells here at home to...
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,712

    Thanks DjKraid - I was told on another forum how to access the restore function on Dell machines since 2004 - Ctrl button + F11 - there was a ghost on one of the partitions.
    thanks for your help
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,712

    Hi Kimsland - thanks for that! I don't get many Dells in here which is why I had to ask for help!
    All sorted now and the machine has gone back. Discovered the BSoDs were caused by the IPoD software,,,,,,,
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