I think this thread might give you some help: Restore Vista Factory Image. The last post on the first page by tgsmith gives you details on a manual restore that should be helpful in your case.
Edit: I assumed you have Vista as you are attempting an F8 restore. If I'm wrong, and you have Windows XP, you need to press CTRL and F11, releasing both at the same time, during the Dell screen on starting the computer.
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Welcome to the forums Kris
Here's another link which should help you: Restoring your [Dell] computer to the factory settings.
You may also find this Driver Installation Order article helpful?
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Very happy to have helped. Good luck to you!
Hi, I also am having similar problem, however the differnece is it is on windows 7 and when I go through the above steps, it DOES not show me any factory settings restore option. SOMEONE, EVERYONE please help