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How do I factory reset my Dell laptop?


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#1 KingYoshi

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 11:59 AM

Hello, I already have my important docs and files saved to external storage devices, so I am trying to reset my laptop to factory settings. The problem is, my F8 and F11 keys do NOT work. As in, they are no longer functional. I have several keys on my laptop that do not work due to several incidents over the years and unfrtunately, these two are part of that group. It is a Dell Inspiron E1705. I also do not hav the original discs that came with the laptop. Thanks in advance for your assistance!



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 12:21 PM

If the hard drive has a Recovery Partition in Disk Managment you may be able to get it to boot using the bootable version of Partition Wizard and setting the Recovery Partition as Active. You need to burn the iso file with either Imgburn or Isoburner. Reboot the computer and the Recovery Partition may boot but sometimes this workaround does not work. When you set the Recovery Partition as Active make sure your System Partition is not also set to Active. If this does not work in order to get the computer to boot back to XP change your System Partition to Active.



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 12:21 PM

The best I can suggest is try an external keyboard or consider installing a Linux distro such as Ubuntu which is free.


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Posted 15 January 2015 - 12:32 PM

IMO before you reload the system buy a new key board, they are quite easy to change.  There are a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube to guide you.  Working with a malfunctioning key board may cause issues!


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