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I neec to reset my dell inspiron 1501 back to factory, how do I do this?

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February 18, 2012 5:09:38 PM

I cannot access any program on my Dell. It either says "open with what? program" or a dialog box with "windows error file not found" appears.

I tried ctrl+f11 and "cannot restore" - no operating system found appears.

I do not have any installation discs, nor do I know the password for the f2 setup.

What can I do to reset this computer back to factory settings?

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February 18, 2012 6:10:37 PM

Scott Snyder said:
I cannot access any program on my Dell. It either says "open with what? program" or a dialog box with "windows error file not found" appears.

I tried ctrl+f11 and "cannot restore" - no operating system found appears.

I do not have any installation discs, nor do I know the password for the f2 setup.

What can I do to reset this computer back to factory settings?



1 - See if you can boot Safe Mode and Windows Restore back to date when you did not receive these errors.

2 - If that fails, these URLs may help.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=dell+1501+factory+settings...
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February 20, 2012 12:22:39 PM

Go to a public library - get on internet - check with support.dell.com - (have your svc tags) - for recvovery disks - also google search for (dell model recovery disk). some independents have them cheaper than dell.
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February 27, 2012 1:23:02 PM

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February 27, 2012 1:29:05 PM

ksiemb said:
1 - See if you can boot Safe Mode and Windows Restore back to date when you did not receive these errors.

2 - If that fails, these URLs may help.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=dell+1501+factory+settings...


Performing the restore in safe mode corrected the problem with the Dell.
Thanks for the Tch Support.
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