Dell Inspiron re-set

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  1. maison

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    I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop that has been running very sluggishly.

    Having done everything I can to improve matters, cleaning the disc, cleaning the registry and defragging etc I want to start again and reset to factory settings.

    According to the instructions i should

    Press the power button

    Hit F8 repeatedly when the Dell logo appears and before the Windows logo appears.

    This should take me into an "advanced boot" menu.

    I should highlight " repair my computer" which will take to another menu where I can select "return to Dell factory settings" or similar words.

    Now

    I can get as far as highlighting "repair my computer" but, on hitting "return", Windows starts up normally and I cannot reach the reset option.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Help!,
     
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    Do you have the original Dell installation DVD?
     
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    try tapping f8 or f7 to get to out of box reset, on my old one is says tap F2 turned out to be F8,
     
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    all well and good doing a factory reset but it will give you an outdated version of windows needing multiple updates
     
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    No.

    All software came pre-loaded. It is designed to be able to re-set as described above.
     
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    I had a Dell Inspiron laptop which had issues caused by AVG anti virus software
    It improved massively after removing it
    Also it's worth vacuuming any dust from the vents underneath
     
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    Yes. Appreciated. But it is virtually unusable at present.

    Although I have run virus checkers, malware removers etc. It is still slower than our old netbook despite having an i5 processor.
     
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    Same with Norton if its an older version.

    Can suck resources faster than yer granny can suck eggs.
     
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    Usually with Dells there is a restore partition. Depending on your security levels etc you may be able to see it in Explorer/file manager, it'll say something like RECOVERY (D: ) If it's not there then the restore won't work and it will default back to boot Windows. ASC (Advanced System Care) do a free version that can fix a variety of issues.
     
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    I have run Eusing Registry Cleaner regularly.

    I am currently removing progs I no longer use. However, I still feel I would like to make a hard reset, but still no luck getting past the first menu.
     
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    Can you expand on ASC?

    I have a reluctance to rely on third party fixes but will now try anything that might work.
     
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    @Vanman
    I am not trying to restore but to make a hard reset. The restore function, while it works to restore the computer to a previous time, does not cure the problem.

    Sorry if I have misunderstood your post.
     
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    Did you actually create the restore dvd,s if not can you still do that via the create recovery dvd programme? If you want a quick fix try running msconfig at the run command, just type in msconfig and enter.Under services check hide all microsoft services then click disable all under startup click disable all then apply and do a reboot.
     
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    I have some old restore DVDs .

    When you say "a quick fix" what is the purpose of your suggestion?

    Sorry! I have reached the limit of my understanding at present.
     
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    No, you didn't misunderstand but perhaps mine was poorly worded. I meant restore to factory settings. I would not recommend that most of the time anyway as the original drivers etc may not work with your current hardware set-up. As an interim solution you could try reinstalling Windows, that cures a lot of problems but you do need to have all your software disks and keys to re-install them afterwards (assuming you have a valid copy of Windows) always worth having one even if Windows is pre-installed.

    However what I would do first is download this software and see if it can find and resolve your issues for you.

    Advanced Systemcare
     
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    Msconfig will let you stop unwanted programmes running on startup amongst other things.What I,m suggesting is to disable programmes that are hogging your resources.This method usually gives you a faster bootup.Also empty your recycle bin and check you have plenty of hard drive free space .
     
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    You are so right! (And no, I have still not found the answer.)

    How can Dell defend such a system that is causing so many problems?

    I am glad that I use an iPad now for most of my work but prefer. "Real" keyboard if I am typing.
     
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    do you have skype, if so a tech will sort it out for £30 did my brothers the other day after windows corrupted all the files on a update, here the number 08006524940, don't pay anymore they want to try and get £100 out of you say no I will buy another laptop, thas what they did to my brother, I told him don't fall for that old con
     
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