restore inspiron 1501 vista laptop

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restore inspiron 1501 vista laptop

  • Hi, please help TT. how to restore my insprion 1501 vista laptop to operate it when i purchased it.
     
    no that system restore, another one, which delete all the data and files that installed in computer, i would like to delete them and recover to the time i purchased it.
  • Press F8, and select Repair your computer
    Go Next
    select your username and type your password (if you have one)
    then you should have an option Dell Factory Image Restore, click on it, and then you'll get the steps..
  • captain321,
     
    Sorry, but I posted incorrect information. Go with Gio's information.


    Message Edited by DELL-Bill B on 06-22-2007 10:04 AM

     

  • Hi captin321
    You have Vista on the Insprion 1501 this what you have to do
    to get it back to the day it was new you have to press F12
    with the DVD in the drive then do this.
     
     
    That is what it takes to get my Insprion 1501 fixed .
    If i just press F 8 it only takes it to where you can go into safe mode with Vista.
    Not to the Dell PC Recovery F12 @ boot.
    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

  • F8 is the correct optioni to go to the PCRestore, is not present if it was a Upgrade from XP to Vista.
    And also remember that some systems where missing the option, not sure why...
    So if Vista was factory installed, F8 should work, if not, the options to boot from DVD will work fine.
     


    Message Edited by GioAguilar on 06-22-2007 11:46 AM
  • Hi GioAguilar
    My Insprion 1501 came with Vista preinstalled on it and when i do the F8 key
    it just goes to the Vista Safe Mode but you can use it to restore to a previous date from there.
    not the Dell PC Recovery d:\ drive
    The OP wants to put it back to the way it came from Dell, like you said it may not work if it was a
    upgrade from XP to Vista or you may have instructions for a deferent laptop.
    This are the steps to put the Insprion 1501 with Vista preinstalled on it back to day one from Dell.
    With the link on my other post.
     

     

    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

  • Jerry,
     
    The Windows Advanced Options Menu is accessed via F8 at boot. It does not automatically take you to safe mode. One of the options listed on factory Vista installs is Repair My Computer. That is what he is referring to. You can get to the same option (basically we're talking about Dell PCRestore) by booting to the Vista DVD and WinRE, as you stated.
     
    Either way works. Your way just works whether the o/s was installed as an upgrade, clean install or factory install.
     
    I think the main thing we need to know from the OP is whether this is a factory install, clean install, or upgrade.


    Message Edited by DELL-Bill B on 06-22-2007 01:04 PM

     

  • Hi Bill
    There must be something wrong with my PC then if i use F8 then go to the next screen it shows 
    the options of one is safe mode with all of its options with safe mode .
    But @ the top of the page it does show Repair My Computer when i select that it just goes to Vista
    and the way it is setup now it does No repairs and no other screens.
    And this is with the drive in it that came from Dell .
    So what is wrong with my Insprion 1501 in this case if it does not work the way you say it should.
    Or does the DVD have to be in the drive to get this to work.
    O well the DVD was in the drive still did not work.
    So these posts might help me to .
    Thanks

     

    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

  • Hi Bill this what i have when i use F8
                                          Advance boot options
    choose advance boot options for: windows Vista {tm} home basic [recovery]
    {use the arrow keys to highlight your choice}
    Repair your Computer {this does not do any thing but boots to windows}
    safe mode
    safe mode with networking
    safe mode with command prompt
    enable boot login
    enable low-resolution video {640x480
    last known good configuration {advanced}
    directory services restore mode
    debugging mode
    disable automatic restart on system failure
    disable driver signature enfocement
    Start windows normally
    Description: view a list of system recovery tools you can use to repair
    startup problems,run diagnostics,or restore your system.  
     
    How does this get me back to the way it came for day one from Dell  
    PCRecovery to d:\recovery to day one without using F12 and the DVD.
    Thanks

     

    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

  • As other users, you had the same problem, where they cannot use the Repair your computer option, some of them don't even see it, you are able to see it but no to use it, even wierd...
    In that kind of cases, the link you posted is the better option.
     
  • Wow. Jerry, that is strange. I guess Gio has seen it before, but  that's news to me.

     

  • Hi Bill
    It does seem like i or Dell has a problem with that and when my PC is restored to day one it will not let the burning software work it says the {trial}i can,t remember what the term was there has expired and will not work you have to remove it and reinstall from the CD then you get errors saying some{---} code{s} were not compatible with Vista.
    And when i do have to restore to day one after it reboots i have to leave the DVD in the drive and do a repair because windows can not boot it has to write a new master boot record..
    Is Dell working on these problems
    It sure would be good to have the laptop work after it has to be
    Restored to day one with out all of the hassle.
    Thanks
     

     

    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

  • This is the first I have heard of these issues. I am not sure if they are known to us or being worked. I will have to check.

     

  • Bill on the windows not booting after the recovery restart it just goes into a boot loop
    that is why i had to leave the DVD in and do a repair on it.

     

    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

  • Oh my Goodness
    I hope I never have to go through this process.  I also have a Inspirion 1501, and its my first laptop, not first PC (I have 3, plus one that has a 32" screen I must be blind).  If I had to go through this process, would I have to use the cd's that came with the hardware that says they are already installed, I didn't need to even open them.  I didn't even get any operating manuels or anything, just a warranty book.  I figured everything I need to know is already installed in the help section.   I am correct?