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    Nov 2008

    Default restore to factory settings

    I would like to restore my Dell Dimension 3000 with Windows XP to factory settings so i can sell or donate this computer. Thanks, Jon

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    Jul 2008
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    To use PC Restore:
    1 Turn on the computer.
    During the boot process, a blue bar with Dell appears at the top of the screen.

    2 Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>.
    If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish starting, and then restart the
    computer again.
    NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step.

    3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore.

    4 On the next screen, click Confirm.
    The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete.

    5 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
    NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.

    6 When prompted, click Yes.
    The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original operating state, the screens that
    appear, such as the End User License Agreement, are the same ones that appeared the first time the
    computer was turned on.

    7 Click Next.
    The System Restore screen appears and the computer restarts.

    8 After the computer restarts, click OK.

    9 I recommend you install a antivirus program (I like MS Essentials) run all Service Packs and run Windows Critical Updates this will take several reboots and a bit of time to complete

    More info :
    (you will need a pdf reader for the manual to be PDF reader
    Last edited by abseh1; 06-30-2011 at 12:25 PM.
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