Make sure it is completely powering off.
This is common among notebooks and some standard PCs.
If all else fails, use the shut down option, unplug or even remove the battery on notebooks, attempt to power on.
This drains the power supply.
Then reattach the power / power adapter - battery and try the tapping the F8 key again during power up.
See if the Advanced Options page appears.
It is also possible that the restore partition is either missing, damaged or has been repartitioned for extra drive space.
Some virus can infect the boot sector.
If I remember right, Dell also has a BIOS lockout for their business style machines which would have to be re-enabled in BIOS before you can get to the factory reinstall page.
So I have a fairly old (3-4 years) Inspiron (my daughter's) and as we know, kids tend to get viruses.
I'm ready to do a restore to factory default as I have been able to do with both a Toshiba and an Asus laptop I have in my house. I went online to research how to do it with a Dell/Win7 Inspiron. (Hit F8 to get into Advanced Boot Options and there would be a repair option.)
There is no repair option on this computer.
I have no backups and no original windows media and I was hoping to get the computer wiped as if it had just been pulled off of a shelf so I could reset everything.
Why does this Inspiron not have a repair your computer option?
Please help? My daughter is freaking out that she can't use her computer and it's stressing me out :-/