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restore factory settings with a DELL mini inspiron 10


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sarah21

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Hi there my son has a dell mini inspiron 10 that he s had a for about 3-4 years , he wants to sell it now as we bought him an all in one pc , but we are unsure on how to put it back to factory settings as it does not have a disk drive , I tried this F11 and F8 info ive seen people doing and its come up with options but none of them said restore, so would anyone be able to give us some advice on how to go about doing a factory reset please , we want to put it on ebay pretty soon .
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CompCav

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Use CTRL-F11 at the Dell splash screen.
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hiya ive tried that it beeps a quite a few times then stops then goes to start up screen as normal
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What version of windows does it have? (i.e. XP, vista, or 7)
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There are some forums stating there is no factory recovery on the Dell mini 10's. Some are saying yes.
A couple things to look at.

Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

To do a screenshot please 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

We can also look to see if the boot.dsr is still available which would indicate that the restore utility is intact.
Click Start > My Computer > C-Drive > Dell > Utilities > DSR.
There would be a file named “Boot.Dsr” in the folder named DSR. It indicates that the PC restore utility is intact.

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