How do you restore your computer to factory setup

I have a Dell Dimension 4600. No longer using it and would like to give it away, but want to restore it back to factory settings. No restore disk with it.
Can anyone gve me any ideas?
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  1. Borrow a Dell Windows XP (Pro or Home) CD from someone.
  2. Give the following procedure a spin
    if it doesn't work then you have to obtain the Dell Recovery CD

    Press the F8 key at startup
    Choose "Repair Your Computer"
    (see the phony progress bar)
    Choose keyboard layout
    Enter your user name and password (Admin is disabled if you've created a user)
    Choose "Dell factory image restore"
    Choose Next
    Tick box to reformat and restore to factory condition.

    PS: The Dell Dimension 4600 came with a recovery cd rather
    than a partition. You will need to call Dell and
    have them send you a recovery cd and then use that
    disc to restore your computer to factory defaults

    http://www.user-guides.co.uk/cddownload/Dell/DellDimension/Dell-Dimension-4600-XP-Driver-CD-Recovery-Restore-Disk-115568.html


    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/tree?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&journalid=CB666653649211DB9D0A359A1778ACFD&treeid=FFA33DA99941FEDFE030030ABD62041A

    Good luck...
  3. Why are you posting information that only applies to Vista & W7?
  4. I have a Dell. It is really old. Old as in 2001-2003. I want to restore it back to factory settings. No restore disk with it. It has windows XP.

    Do i follow Greenfields instructions above? or are they too specific to the more advanced model?

    I went to the recommended site above ... http://support.dell.com/support/to [...] 0ABD62041A What is next step for an unknown model number for a DELL? Thanks! Can anyone gve me any ideas?
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