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How Can I Reboot My Laptop To Original Status?


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#1 bambi

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:33 PM

I bought a laptop(del inspiron 8100)running windows xp home. Ihave tried to delete the previous guys stuff and it is loading slow,Ihave defragged,run cleanup wizard. I have gone to add/remove programs. Anyway I think resetting it to origional status would be better.please help! :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:48 PM

Here is Dell's article on it

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...&dn=1090151

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:09 PM

Did the laptop come with CD-Rom's or has it got a recovery partition?
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:21 PM

I am new to the lingo,bear with me. It didn't come with the xp cd's. I do know it boots from the hdd1. It reads cd's,and dvd's. Is that what you meant?
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:27 PM

if you are unsure about it having a recovery partition, but sure that you would like to restore it to the original state, try pressing <crl> + F11 when the computer is booting. If the restore partition is there, that will begin the automated process. But I will give you a warning, do not try and stop this process once it begins

Edited by twardnw, 28 March 2007 - 03:28 PM.


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:35 PM

I'll give it a try.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:17 PM

I went and tried the ctrl,f11,it didn't work.I do have dvdrom,cdrom,128mb,cpu speed 866mhz,level 2 cache 512mb. I also have a restore to previous date bt, it won't go past the third of this month.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:19 PM

are you pressing ctrl-f11 right when the computer boots? when the dell logo shows immediately after the power is turned on? this is the only time that would work, if the Windows logo shows up, it's too late

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:24 PM

I understand, I tried it two or three times. I can go to setup by f2.is that the system I need to go to?
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:26 PM

that's the right time, but it sounds like your system was built before Dell used the restore partition. Next option is to get a copy of XP Home and do a clean install from that.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:41 PM

do you think that dell site you told me about could help? Or will I have to buy a copy of xp sp2? :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:17 PM

the dell site I posted is just instructions on using the restore partition. The previous owner should have give you the CD's. You may be able to contact dell and (for a fee) have them send you a copy of the restore CD's. Or you could go purchase a new copy of XP




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