Solved how to do a Dell Laptop restore

January 11, 2015 at 12:18:56
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 2 Gigs
I have had my Dell D610 for 10 or so years now. Recently, it has stopped working properly and "Crapped Out." I would like to restore it to it's origional factory condition, but the F8-Repair your computer option dosen't work.

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January 13, 2015 at 08:01:35
Coming a little behind the others here; but possibly these links may be of interest. The first one seems to suggest that Dell didn't provide a restore disk set; just a recovery partition? However when one reads the Dell user-guide for the 610 it refers to an XP CD and another CD too... So did you not receive a couple of disks way back when (and possibly they are now misplaced)?

Stil have a look-see at the following and possibly a solution will begin to emerge?

http://tinyurl.com/m88cjq7

http://tinyurl.com/pos6r9f

- and this came from amongst the humungous support items for your 610:

http://tinyurl.com/pl95gvv

There is a section on re-installing XP etc... provided you have the Dell provided XP setup disk (or another one of the same type, preferably not Dell badged/branded,nor any other maker either...).

There is also a complete service manual download too - should that be of use/interest - at the same support area.

At the least you can download "everything" it seems - other than the actual OS itself from Dell support Downloads for the 610. However if you have (know) the key for your XP installation (and likely it's an OEM) then you can use that key with any OEM XP disk to rebuild your system; after-which you instal the assorted drivers etc -(all available at the Dell site above)? An OEM ISO can be (legally) downloaded variously; or borrow an unbranded/unbadged one which copy and use that copy - with your key.

By "crapped out etc." what exactly is the problem?

Also can you boot up at all and access your personal files etc.? If so then do so and copy all that personal stuff to external storage (typically dvd and another external hard drive too if possible; Verify the copies are OK on at least one other working system. Then set about resolving the problems that exist - knowing personal stuff is safe elsewhere.

If your 610 cannot boot up properly - even in safe-mode - then use a Linux dvd to boot up and copy/save files etc. that way. Will it boot into safe-mode?

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#1
January 11, 2015 at 12:24:04
I also tried the PC Function test and the fails were: "No Diagnostic Utility Partition found. To run diagnostics, insert your Dell 'Drivers and Utilities CD, then select OK to restart the system and boot off the CD."

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#2
January 11, 2015 at 13:13:19
Try Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-re...
Tutorials
http://www.lazesoft.com/guide.html
Screenshot ( SS )
http://i.imgur.com/4HXqQKS.jpg
How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device
http://www.lazesoft.com/create-a-bo...

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#3
January 11, 2015 at 13:30:18
Did you try > At the Dell logo, hold the Ctrl key and press the F11 key simultaneously?

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#4
January 11, 2015 at 16:49:21
Yes it dosen't do anything.

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#5
January 11, 2015 at 16:53:13
Can you get into the bios?

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#6
January 11, 2015 at 17:17:18
No. I can not.

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#7
January 11, 2015 at 17:19:56
I feel you are doing something wrong, tell me how you are trying to get into the bios.

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#8
January 11, 2015 at 18:44:47
During that 10 year period was the drive ever replaced? If so that's why you have no utility or recovery partition.

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#9
January 12, 2015 at 06:48:29
No there was no replaced drive.

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#10
January 12, 2015 at 06:49:47
I can't use the Lazesoft link because the other computer won't connect to my Internet.

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#11
January 12, 2015 at 16:00:32
Download it on the computer you're using now.

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#12
January 13, 2015 at 07:31:13
Do you still have the installation CD that came with your computer?

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January 13, 2015 at 08:01:35
✔ Best Answer
Coming a little behind the others here; but possibly these links may be of interest. The first one seems to suggest that Dell didn't provide a restore disk set; just a recovery partition? However when one reads the Dell user-guide for the 610 it refers to an XP CD and another CD too... So did you not receive a couple of disks way back when (and possibly they are now misplaced)?

Stil have a look-see at the following and possibly a solution will begin to emerge?

http://tinyurl.com/m88cjq7

http://tinyurl.com/pos6r9f

- and this came from amongst the humungous support items for your 610:

http://tinyurl.com/pl95gvv

There is a section on re-installing XP etc... provided you have the Dell provided XP setup disk (or another one of the same type, preferably not Dell badged/branded,nor any other maker either...).

There is also a complete service manual download too - should that be of use/interest - at the same support area.

At the least you can download "everything" it seems - other than the actual OS itself from Dell support Downloads for the 610. However if you have (know) the key for your XP installation (and likely it's an OEM) then you can use that key with any OEM XP disk to rebuild your system; after-which you instal the assorted drivers etc -(all available at the Dell site above)? An OEM ISO can be (legally) downloaded variously; or borrow an unbranded/unbadged one which copy and use that copy - with your key.

By "crapped out etc." what exactly is the problem?

Also can you boot up at all and access your personal files etc.? If so then do so and copy all that personal stuff to external storage (typically dvd and another external hard drive too if possible; Verify the copies are OK on at least one other working system. Then set about resolving the problems that exist - knowing personal stuff is safe elsewhere.

If your 610 cannot boot up properly - even in safe-mode - then use a Linux dvd to boot up and copy/save files etc. that way. Will it boot into safe-mode?

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