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How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer

Article ID : 52182Date Published : 2008-10-12Journal ID : f4bcd283-8253-4e4c-b13a-adff7e5a9be2

Table of Contents:

  1. System Restore
  2. PC Restore
  3. Manual Reinstallation


System Restore

System Restore is a built-in Windows tool designed to protect and repair the operating system. When something goes wrong with your computer, System Restore should be used prior to restoring to factory condition.

Select your operating system to continue with System Restore:

Windows 8 (inside Windows)
Windows 8 (cannot start Windows)
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP

Time to Complete: 20 - 30 Minutes.

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OS Restore

Dell computers are built with a small amount of hard disk space reserved for reinstalling your operating system. This method is the easiest way to restore your computer to factory condition. The restoration process deletes all user data from the computer, so be sure to back up all of your files prior to starting this process.

Select your operating system and computer model below for details on restoring your computer to facory settings.

Dell Backup and Recovery (Windows 8)
Dell DataSafe Local (Windows 7, Inspiron, Studio, XPS)
Dell Backup and Recovery Manager (Windows 7, OptiPlex, Latitude, Precision, Vostro)
Dell PC Restore (Windows Vista and Windows XP)

Time to Complete: 30 - 60 Minutes.

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Manual Reinstallation

Manual reinstallation is the most time-consuming and difficult path to restore your computer to factory condition. You will reinstall the operating system directly from the CD or DVD, install the drivers, configure the OS, install critical and recommended updates, and install your applications.

Select your operating system get step-by-step instructions for manual reinstallation:

Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP

Time to Complete: 120+ Minutes.

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