How to Restore a Dell Computer to Factory Settings

How to Restore a Dell Computer to Factory Settings

The article has been designed to help users restore their Dell computer to factory settings. The methods described in the article are simple and reliable. However, it is recommended that users follow the instructions accurately to avoid stumbling upon common Dell computer problems and eventually contacting Dell computer support.

It is inevitable for a computer to face problems as both go hand in hand. As your Dell computer becomes little old or you use it more and more, it tends to create problems like slowing down or taking unnecessary time during reboot or shutdown etc. Though it's not necessary that a computer will always create problems (after becoming old), but it may frequently need to be given technical doses or tweaks for higher performance, stability, and security among other things. Since you have already sensed the problem and have decided to do a factory restore on your Dell computer, keep this in mind that you will be required to do it a proper way as it is a sensitive process. The below mentioned guide will help you step-by-step to perform the factory restore settings on your own. This essentially means that you don't need to spend your time contacting your Dell tech Support services.


First, backup all your critical data including files, folders etc. to an external flash drive or hard drive. Keep this media to a safe, dry place and away from the unauthorized access. You can also use Windows XP's Files & Settings Transfer Wizard to back up your data. Do not forget to take the backup to another media mentioned above.

When done, disconnect all the devices, peripherals like printer and/or router etc. attached to your Dell computer. If you have a Dell system recovery disk (after the system has rebooted), insert it in the computer's DVDCD-ROM drive. Reboot your computer. When prompted, select to boot the computer using the disk. When prompted (after rebooting), choose restore to factory defaults from the given options. If you want, you can still choose to repair your computer instead of restoring to factory defaults.

Follow the wizard's instructions to reset your computer to default settings, reformat hard disk drive, and/or re-install Windows operating system. It may take some time, so be patient and wait for the process to finish. When finished, attach the external media (that you backed your data to) and reinstall all the applications and drivers individually. When done and prompted, reboot your computer.

If you don't have a Dell system recovery media, but your computer has a Dell System Restore partition. Then simply reboot your computer. While the computer is restarting and you see the Dell logo, press the Ctrl key, hold it, and then press the F11 key on the keyboard. Thereafter, release both the keys at the same time. The computer will boot up to the restore partition in your hard drive. From there, you can reset your computer to factory settings.