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How to factory restore windows xp!?

I want to restore an 8 year old computer I have with XP to factory settings. I do not have any of the disks it came with. I am pretty sure I can reinstall drivers through dell.com but I can restore it. I tried and it only lets me restore to about a month ago. Tapping F8 was the only thing I could do and it did not work. Anybody help?
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  1. Tell us about the machine. Does it have restore partition? If not, you need to find the disks.
  2. If it's a laptop, you might be good to go, with just hitting F5 on startup (I think that's the key), and choose restore from Factory Partition.
    If not, Dell usually ships you a free replacement disk. You must tell them the Service Tag number, first, though
    (of course, make sure you save anything that needs saving, first.)
  3. It's a desktop. A Dell Dimension 3100. I tried hitting F8 but the restore wont go to factory on a month back. I have none of the CD's.
  4. it will only go to a month ago*
  5. Please people. READ WHAT I FIRST WROTE. I DO NOT HAVE THE XP DISK. This will not work for me. I need a factory restore guys. Once again, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT CAME WITH THIS. I want to be able to restore to factory settings with the drivers and everything.
  6. also when I press CTRL and F11 nothing happens. I am doing it simultaneously as it says. It only works when I use F8 alone and all I can do is restore to last month.
  7. No disk needed for the link i posted.It's a restore method for factory settings. :D
  8. zivw said:
    also when I press CTRL and F11 nothing happens. I am doing it simultaneously as it says. It only works when I use F8 alone and all I can do is restore to last month.


    If that is indeed the sequence to activate the restore partition, then you have a problem. If the restore partition is non-functional, your remaining option would be to order a set of restore cd's from Dell or just settle for an OS only install.
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    No disk needed for the link i posted.It's a restore method for factory settings. :D



    except i cant use f11 and i dont get a restore option for factory settings with f8
  10. FALC0N said:
    If that is indeed the sequence to activate the restore partition, then you have a problem. If the restore partition is non-functional, your remaining option would be to order a set of restore cd's from Dell or just settle for an OS only install.


    i dont want to spend any money on the restoration and know the crooks that dell are, heck no. any other options?
  11. SR-71 Blackbird said:



    i think u forgot i still need to restore it :/
  12. Format drive and install OS from ebay dell disk.Install drivers from Dell site = Restored
  13. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Format drive and install OS from ebay dell disk.Install drivers from Dell site = Restored


    once again, if i have to pay to restore this computer it is not worth it. ill keep the hard drive but throwing out the rest.

    anyobdy know a free way to restore this computer?

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  14. No free way to unless you find a dell xp disk that matches your dell oem sticker.Without the restore partition or a dell os disk you are out of luck.
  15. Dell didn't charge me, the last 2 times I called to order XP system restoration disks for buddies of mine. It took, like, 10 weeks, though. That has been awhile, though.
  16. You don't need a Dell disk. Any XP OEM disk would work. You wouldn't get the preinstalled apps, but it would work fine.
  17. True. OEM disks are only good on 1 pc, though, so don't get a used one!
  18. electronian said:
    True. OEM disks are only good on 1 pc, though, so don't get a used one!


    Used one is fine. He needs a disk, not a license.
  19. Also, good luck finding the SP3 software patch for XP.
  20. electronian said:
    Also, good luck finding the SP3 software patch for XP.


    What are you talking about? Service pack 3 is easy to find.
  21. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    Gosh darn it, blackbird, you must have gotten lucky!!!
  22. LOL
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