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Windows 7: How to restore to factory settings [W7]

27 Jul 2012   #1

How to restore to factory settings [W7]

Hi really simple question here..

I need to restore my laptop back to it's factory settings. I've looked at guides on the net and gone through the control panel to the system recovery < advanced recovery methods however the options that I see in the guides and on my laptop presently differ.

Before it had an option to "return your computer to factory condition" however now it says "Re-install windows)

So how can I restore it to factory settings?

E: Laptop is a Dell Inspiron1545.
OS is W7 Home

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27 Jul 2012   #2

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi, and welcome to seven forums.

If you want to restore the laptop completely to default as if the first time you switched it on, switch it on and on the black screen/dell logo/blue dell line (basically asoon as the screen shows something) press ctrl and f11 at the same time,rapidly pressing f11 while holding down ctrl will speed up the prosecc,and then just follow the instructions, this will revert your laptop to default.

Hope it helps
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27 Jul 2012   #3

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hiyya shaniquaa and welcome too. Yep just as Alsisgevat says mate all prebuilt machines especially laptops have the default option viaa dedicated key my Toshibas have the 0 key (used many times) and I have learnt somehitng myself tonight I didn't know about the CTRL key trick thanks Alsisgevat

I got so fed up with it I slipped in a SSD and use a reasonable sized external for data and mate the difference is astonishing.

If you keep your original drive try the optimise tricks by Brink too mate there is a very noticeable decrease in speed re the machine running at boot and through the apps . Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance

Plus don't forget to look through the tutorials re getting rid of the bloat if you don't want they stick in your machine. You avoid this of course with the SSD and you can transfer the OS from the HDD to the SSD too -

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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27 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


First I would run the Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the

Next try running Recovery from its partition as shown here: Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings

If that fails you can contact Dell Tech Support to ask for Recovery Disks, or you can get a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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27 Jul 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Hi Shaniquaa,

Please find the link below for steps of doing a factory reset of the system without using a CD. Once you open the link please select the operating system which you are using and then follow the steps. During this process all the data would be lost so we suggest you to copy all the necessary files, photos, music etc to a USB drive or an external harddrive and procees with the factory image restore
Please revert for any clarifications
Thanks & Regards
Dell Social Media Responder
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14 Aug 2014   #6

windows 7 ulimate

Hello I'm needing help resetting my computer without even saving my files or anything I don't have the option to press F8 or any thing could someone help me please
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14 Aug 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP


It shows how to rescue your files then try repairs in Failure to Start tutorial below.

Then I would run Dell Diagnostics and Utility partition Tools by booting into f12 menu.

How to Run the Dell Diagnostics Utility & Error Code List | PC Help Forum

If the hardware tests OK then continue with the repair tutorial, click to restore your Windows 7 computer to factory settings | Dell US, or do the superior Clean Reinstall also in list below.

Ask back any questions as they arise.
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14 Aug 2014   #8

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Karlee if Gregs solution cannot help you out and all you want to do is retrieve data I have a little solution that can recover them quite easily.


Makea bootable Ubuntu disk

Setthe BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you ascreen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY. You can of course remove the hard drive and any otherdrives when doing this as if the optical alone is the only drive left in themachine then the BIOS will only find it to boot from.

Whenit is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in thepic .

Openthe drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settingsyou may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source orother installed drive doing this.

Iam not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this methodboth on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data fromusing Windows.
But I am guessing Greg will be on track there as I said this is just an option and does not rely on Windows to do access data see pic.
If you have any problem with my ditty post back.

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14 Aug 2014   #9

windows 7 ulimate

Hello I backed up my files on this windows xp pro disc after I deleted every thing off of it...I have been try for three days to factory reset pretty must wipe clean back to the way I got it and nothing has worked can someone help me
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14 Aug 2014   #10

Windows 10 Pro X64

What is the make and full/complete model number of your computer?

Fill out your System Specs:

See here: How to See Your System Specs with "System Info"
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