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Resetting computer to factory default

by Homerunhiter / September 10, 2008 10:37 AM PDT

I own a Dell Dimension E520 with Windows Vista Home Premium. I am trying to restore the computer to its factory default, but can't find out how to. The only discs it came with were for reinstalling the computer software and installing Windows Vista. Any idea where I can reset my computer to factory default?

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Reinstalling the software will certainly
by lacsr / September 10, 2008 9:29 PM PDT

Result in returning the computer to factory default. Assuming you do not want to do that, what exactly are you wanting to return to "factory default"?

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If it came with a restore image ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 11, 2008 2:59 AM PDT

(and being new enough to have come with Vista would indicate it probably does) When you reboot your computer, press Ctrl-F10 right away until you get a screen then make your choices as to what you want to do.

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