Factory restor

So this is a really interesting one lol...

due to well lack of care/being sick and having nothing to do I installed windows 8 developer and after I saw how much it sucked I wanted to reinstall my old OS. my laptop has a recovery partition that is hidden and I dont know how to tell my computer to reinstall windows from it... checked the control panel and no factory rest or anything close...


I really want to solve this and get my lovely windows 7 back and no I dont mind deleting everything so please idea?!


P.S. I managed to get it to look like windows 7 by going into cmd and moving and changing some folders around as shown here

http://pureinfotech.com/2011/10/10/how-to-uninstall-windows-8-developer-preview-and-restore-windows-7-step-by-step/

that should give a little more info where i am...

Good luck and thank you!
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  1. What is your laptop name?
  2. Its a Dell Inspiron N4110
  3. Did u erased the whole HDD on W8 install?
  4. When I go to disc management I can still see a hidden partition that is named Recovery
  5. On start up, hit the F2, F5, or F9 key (sorry I can't be more specific as each manufacturer is different-ex. ASUS uses F9).

    This should get you to the factory restore option.
  6. I shall try that as soon as I can and let you know... Thank you!
  7. Try this

    Starting Dell Factory Image RestoreTurn on the computer.
    1. When the DELL logo appears, press <F8>
    2. several times to access the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Repair Your Computer. The System Recovery Options window appears.Select a keyboard layout and click
    4. Next.To access the recovery options, log on
    5. as a local user. To access the command prompt, type administrator in the User name field, then click OK.Click
    6. Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell Factory Image Restore welcome screen appears.NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, you may need to select Dell Factory Tools, then Dell Factory Image Restore.Click
    7. Next. The Confirm Data Deletion screen appears.
    8.Select the check box to confirm that you want to continue to reformat the hard drive and restore the system software to the factory condition, then click Next.The restore process begins and may take five or more minutes to complete. A message appears when the operating system and factory-installed applications have been restored to factory condition. Click
    9. Finish to restart the computer
  8. The problem with f8 is that it takes me to some windows 8 thing and not the normal menu
  9. Scratch that, f8 just flat out doesn't work :(
  10. Advanced Boot Options window?
  11. I understand/already red that, but due to the OS change that doesnt seem to work anymore...
  12. Can u post a screenshot of the diskmgmt with the recovery partition?
  13. I really hope I didnt screw up my computer :(
  14. Well, I am sure that dell could send u recovery DVD for small $$$ : )
  15. Yeah, Im a broke college student that is living for with free rent... I wish I could afford that
  16. ilikegirls said:
    Yeah, Im a broke college student that is living for with free rent... I wish I could afford that

    I meant shipping and handling : )
  17. Yeah I know, I was just hopping I could fix this without paying anything... The recovery partition is there I just need to access it :(
  18. whats this ?
  19. Legal download for people who own a windows key to register.
  20. Was your laptop original with W7? What version?
  21. I have a sticker with Windows 7 Home Prem and a cd Key :D
    so maybe download that install windows using that and try to recover it... That's a lot more steps than I wanted but still free :D
  22. Maybe someone will be able to help u. Post screenshot of the drive management to see whats the damage : )
  23. Will do, Thanks again!
  24. Good luck!
  25. BTW, don't forget to let us know if it worked!
  26. Will do, sometime this weekend I'll try
  27. Just to keep you posted, I gave Dell a call and tried to work with them and after a few attempts they gave up and said that I can not restore my computer this way so they are sending me a Recovery DVD so I can reinstall windows.

    I guess now that Im getting a free DVD I can screw around with the computer a little more lol
  28. That's what I thought they would do for u , 2 days ago : ) Now u got it free.
  29. Free is totally within m budget :D
  30. I can tell, how happy u are .:lol:>
  31. Extremely! Now... What can I do to screw with this computer more lol
  32. Try Windows 95 : )
  33. Haha, or Windows ME lol
  34. ilikegirls,

    Did you get it all back together and running?

    I did the same thing. I installed the Windows 8 demo on my Dell N4110. Now I want to restore the factory image that came with my Dell computer. Well the F8 no longer works to bring up the recovery menu.

    How did you get it all to work?
  35. ilikegirls,

    Did you get it all back together and running?

    I did the same thing. I installed the Windows 8 demo on my Dell N4110. Now I want to restore the factory image that came with my Dell computer. Well the F8 no longer works to bring up the recovery menu.

    How did you get it all to work?
  36. ilikegirls,

    Did you get it all back together and running?

    I did the same thing. I installed the Windows 8 demo on my Dell N4110. Now I want to restore the factory image that came with my Dell computer. Well the F8 no longer works to bring up the recovery menu.

    How did you get it all to work?
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