I have an Inspiron 530 desk top PC with windows vista which I am getting to the stage where I may need to reset to factory settings. However, I when use F8 it does not bring up an option to repair the PC. Is there anyother way to find/access the factory restore option or will have to re-instal from CD?
Did the PC come with Vista originally? If it originally came with XP and was upgraded to Vista the restore is no longer valid.
Here is a note from the Dell instructions, make sure you are Pressing F8 at the correct point:
"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."
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Thanks for the reponse. The PC came with VISTA originally. I can bring up the Advanced Boot options, but it does not display the repair option and therefore I can not access the factory reset this way.
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I have been looking for factory reset the PC with Dell’s recovery partition, hope this link will be helpful for me.