Restore Dimension E520 to factory settings?

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Restore Dimension E520 to factory settings?

  • Hi everyone.  What is the hot key to restore my dimension to E520 to its factory settings?  I think it is something like control and F-11 but i am not sure, I have used it before and always seem to forget it.
  • Hi

    You press CTRL + F11 when you see this www.dell.com at boot

    just after the Dell Logo goes away .

    Good Luck

     

    Jerry\c3po5

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  • Hello. Thank you but that did not seem to do anything, i held control and f11 right when the dell logo shows up and until it ends as well as rapidly push both of the buttons.
  • Hi

    Are you using XP as the OS or Vista ?

    If you have XP the CTRL + F11 is what works

    Do you see a blue banner with www.dell.com on it just

    after the Big Dell logo goes away you hole CTRL and tap F11 .

    If you have Vista you tap F8 at boot!

     

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • Im using xp and i am doing exactly what you say and it doesnt work.
  • Hi

    If you have changed the mater boot record by dual booting 

    or installed XP from the CD or have formatted the drive

    the CTRL + F11 will not work anymore you will have to use the CD to install XP .

     

    You might get it working by reading this link on how to fix the CTRL + F11

    factory restore option !

    http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm

    Good Luck

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • What about for Windows 7? I have the Dimension E520 desktop and CTRL F11 doesn't work and when I hit F8 it does not give me an option to do a factory reset. Just a System Restore which doesn't help me because I don't have any restore points.

  • The PC Restore feature is only found on factory delivered operating systems.  The most recent operating system delivered with the Dimension E520 is Vista; if you still had that operating system, you would have found "Repair My Computer" in the F8 menu.

    If you did not make a system image with something like Acronis True Image, or EASUS, or Ghost, I'm afraid the only way you will restore your computer is to install everything from external media.  You might be able to repair your Windows installation using the Windows 7 installation DVD if you do not wish to erase everything and start over.

    Dell Forum member since 2005