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i want to restore my comp to the factory setting but i dont have a disk ive read straight off dell to press F8 during boot and the highlight repair my comp... its not there at all what do i do

its a dell inspiron 1525 running vista

Edited by basicconcepts, 30 December 2010 - 09:39 PM.

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Dell:

The key combination is CRTL + F11 pushing the keys at the same time at the the dell screen during post. Once you push them then you want to release them.
It should go into the recovery partition so you can do a system restore.
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that didnt do anything

i have a vista disk but its for a diff comp... so i put it in anyways lol i got to "repair your comp" and it did nothing nothing changed

i want to do this because i just got this comp used and i want to delete all the crap the previous guy has downloaded

also my dad told me that his disk wont work in my comp because there specific to the comp is this true can i install vista off that disk with the key on the sticker off the bottom of my laptop

Edited by basicconcepts, 31 December 2010 - 12:23 AM.

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It doesn't work that easy.
You can't use a retail version to load on to a system that had the OS preinstalled.
Also it will make a difference if the disk is the same version. Home, Media or Pro

Try the steps listed HERE to restore the system back to factory setup.
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i tried that there is no "repair your comp" there
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Install Windows Vista
This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to clean install Windows Vista
http://www.buildeasy...ndows_vista.htm
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Can you boot into windows?
If so please do the following as this will tell us if a Recovery Partition is even on your hard drive.
Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Nope no Recovery Partition just as I suspected.
That is why the key combination does not work.
Instructions from SpyWareDr in post 6 is the way you will have to go.
Do you have a disk with the drivers for the system on it?
If not then before you continue you will need to get them and put them on a cd or flash drive.
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i dont have any disks where can i get the drivers
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All original drivers for your system with Vista located HERE.
Just change the OS in the drop down menu to Vista and all the drivers will be below that.
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