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Restore Dell Inspiron 1501 to factoty settings without restore disk.

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Hi, I own a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Windows Vista. I recently bought it from a pawn shop. I have been using it for 2-3 months now and it has been working decent. I now want to restore it directly back to it's original factory settings. I have already tried restoring it to its earliest restore point but that was created shortly before I bought it. I also do not have the restore disk. I have no idea how I should go about restoring it, how to restore it, and what I will need to install after I restore it. I would like someone to help me along the way with prior knowledge. Please and thank you.

 

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  • You may be able to if your notebook still has Dell's PC Restore on it.

    support.dell.com/.../trouble.htm

  • Ok, 

    What if I have to replace the sata drive, how do I get a recovery disc????  I have vista???  It will not go on the internet or anything else.

    Steve

  • You are replying to a thread that is almost 2 years old.  This lessens your chance of having your question addressed.

    I would suggest that you make an image of the hard drive as save the image file to an external device - hard drive, DVD or whatever you like.

    The program you use should also be able to do incremental backups so that you can be ready for a disk failure.

     

  • don't know if you have a disk yet but i buy mine from www.restoredisks.com/dell

  • starcar33,

     

    If you live in the United States, Request Backup Disks USA If in another Country, contact Dell Tech Support.

     

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