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Preinstalled xp reboot dell desktop

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January 29, 2010 8:29:44 PM

Hello, I have a Dell desktop pc given to me that I want to reboot to the factory settings to get the previous owner's crap off of it.
However, after putting in the XP disk and starting up the computer I am not getting the "hit any key to reboot from cd" message I expected. (from what I've been reading maybe this is because XP was preinstalled???) in any case I can hit F4 or F12 and am given options, but don't know the right way to reboot from here. I can easily follow instructions if someone can give them to me. Thank you in advance.

Lorin

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January 29, 2010 9:00:38 PM

Maybe the Dell has a hidden Restore partition. Try hitting Ctrl F11 after the Dell BIOS splash screen. If not, hit F12 at the BIOS splash screen to boot from the CD.
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January 29, 2010 9:26:28 PM

grumpys right you probably dont need the disc my old dell had a restore image !
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January 30, 2010 5:57:32 AM

Yes, F11 does the trick. Thank you both for your replies!

Lorin
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August 29, 2010 8:35:40 AM

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August 29, 2010 8:35:42 AM

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