Dell Inspiron 1525, Windows Help ?

My mum has bought me a dell inspiron 1525 for christmas and i wasnt supposed to look at it or go on it until then. But i couldnt help myself being stupid and turned the laptop on and set windows up :( is there any way of getting back to the setup so at christmas i can set it up so my mum doesnt know ?
it has windows vista home premium and ive tried system restore
I was just planning on taking the laptop upstairs at christmas and saying to my mum that i have just set it up, i set the username as guest. she doesnt really know much about computers
I don’t know if i want to risk resetting it, i might lose vista?
Should i do the restore ? will i still have vista ? and will it work


  1. Take InCiTe’s answer, it is the quickest and easiest way to set it back as it was when it left the factory.

  2. Hi, I have the same laptop, don’t try re installing its a huge waste of time, the way Dell ships Vista it works perfect, and plus u lose some of their custom wallpapers and stuff

    take care!

  3. Dell laptops come with a restore partition to restore it to factory condition. When you see the dell splashscreen when you turn it on press Ctrl+F11. This will bring up the restore program. Just follow the intructions and when its complete turn off the computer and leave it till christmas.

  4. Click on the start button and in the search box type:

    (type the above without any spaces and exactly as shown)

    A box will appear, under system cleanup action choose "Enter system out of box experience"

    And on Shutdown options choose "Shutdown"

    This will then reset your laptop as new. Do it once to test so you can make sure it works. Be very careful what instructions you follow on this post as you could damage your computer.

    Dont open your christmas present again, its not nice your mum has worked hard for this present. Just wait and appreciate it.

    Charli – Use my option, its called sysprep. There is no need to do a system restore this can often miss out drivers therefore giving you away. All my option does is tell the setup to run again on the next boot.

  5. no> now you have 30 days to activate vista or it won’t work when you get it for christmas .you best tell her what you did

  6. Savannah L says:

    I’m not sure but I have the same one and I love it! Sorry I couldn’t be any help.

  7. Using Dell Factory Image Restore in Windows Vista

    Restoring the original factory image erases ALL existing data. This includes files, folders, programs, drivers, E-mails, photos. Before performing a PC Restore, back up all personal files. If you do not back up your personal files, the data will be lost.

    1 Turn on the computer.


    2 As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.

    You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.


    3 Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.


    4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.


    5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.


    6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.


    7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.


    8 Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.


    9 Click Next.
    The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.


    10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

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