How do i do a system restore back to the factory settings (XPS420 and Vista)

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How do i do a system restore back to the factory settings (XPS420 and Vista)

  • Like the title says how would i go about doing this if i wanted to.
  • Hi
    Read this
     
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=28C0548D825EB65DE040A68F5B2865A8&c=us&l=en&s=dhs


    From Chris

    My computer
    Dell Dimension 1100
    Microsoft Windows XP Home SP 2
    512 MB of Ram
    Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 256MB
    Intel Celeron CPU 2.53GHz
    HDD WDC WD800BB-75JCO 80GB C:
    HDD Samsung SV2042H 20GB F:
    TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H492C D:
    LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-851S E:
    Linksys Wireless-G WUSB54GS With SpeedBooster
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 90
    Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.11

    My Security Software
    Avanquest SystemSuite 8 Professional
    Windows Defender

    from Chris

     

    Dell Dimension 1100
    Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3
    2GB of Ram
    Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 256MB
    Intel Celeron CPU 2.53GHz
    Dell E196FP
    HDD WDC WD800BB-75JHCO 80GB C:
    HDD Samsung SV2042H 20GB F:
    TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H492C D:
    LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-851S E:
    Linksys Wireless-G WUSB54GS With SpeedBooster
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 90
    Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6

    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007

     


    My Security Software
    Avanquest SystemSuite 9 Professional
    Windows Defender

     

  • or page 95 of the owners manual...

    XPS 420 with Vista Ultimate 64-bit - Q6700 - 8 GB 800 MHZ Mushkin RAM - 2 500 GB Samsung - 425 Watt PSU

    Nvidia 8800gt - 24" Gateway LCD

  • hello there.. It's 2011 now :)  That makes this post about 3 years old.  Your support link doesn't work anymore :(

     

    I wanted to restore my Dell XPS 420 also.  I can see the recovery drive D:, but I'm not sure if an actual image exists.  The windows folder is 1.01 GB, and the rest of the directories combined are only about 10 MB

    ----------

    D:\>dir
     Volume in drive D is RECOVERY
     Volume Serial Number is 9864-51FB

     Directory of D:\

    11/12/2008  06:29 PM    <DIR>          dell
    01/19/2008  06:05 AM    <DIR>          Program File
    01/29/2008  12:56 PM    <DIR>          sources
    11/12/2008  06:29 PM    <DIR>          Tools
    01/19/2008  06:05 AM    <DIR>          Users
    01/03/2011  01:28 PM    <DIR>          Windows
                   0 File(s)              0 bytes
                   6 Dir(s)  14,966,587,392 bytes free

    ----------

     

    When I hit F8 and select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, I go through the prompts and login, then it says it can't find the image.

     

    Any ideas?  Did or do I need to do something to create an image?   My only options are to choose a network location or add a driver.

     

    What is it looking for?  Was I supposed to make this 'image' file myself?  What would I have used in order to make it?

     

    Thanks for any help or thoughts.

  • That folder doesn't sound large enough to contain the Image Restore factory image in it. So it sounds like the image may not have been put on the drive.

    If you must reinstall Vista, you'll probably need to do it manually.

    And since it is 2011, why did you post your question in a 3-year old thread, instead of starting a new one?? Duh!

    Ron

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    Ron

    Forum Member since 2004

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