how to boot into dell factory restore?

I am looking to reset my laptop to dell factory restore image, but i need to to know how to boot it up into their anyone help please?
My operating system is Windows xp, and model Is dell vostro notebook 1710


  1. You don`t mention Dell model or operating system.

    One of these three methods will work.



    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.


    1. Turn on the computer

    2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
    Some systems like Inspiron Mini 9 (910) do not support System Restore as they do not have <F11> nor any substitute.
    If the key strokes are not working or you do not have PC Restore any more. You will have to do a manual reinstall. Click here for manual installation instructions.

    3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.

    4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

    The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish.

    When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
    The system recovery process was successful.

    5 Click Finish or press <Tab> to highlight Finish and then press <Enter> to restart the computer.
    The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received


    1 Turn on the computer, when the Dell Logo appears repeatedly press the <F8> key until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu.

    2 From the Advanced Boot Options highlight Repair Your Computer with the arrow keys and press <ENTER>.
    and follow the prompts provided.

    3 Click Next >
    and login to your administrator account on the computer. The administrator account is the account created the first time the computer was turned on.

    4 Click Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe option

  2. Laurence I says:

    they are often different dependent on models, disk size, and operating
    just go to the dell site
    click technical support
    enter the service tag(underneath pc eg a string like 07QW3J)
    then examine the user guide

  3. F8 for inspiron.

  4. Control and F11 when the Dell splash screen starts to load. You have to be quick. Then follow the directions/prompts.

  5. run recovery idsc . try at your own risk.

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