Factory reset Dell Windows Vista Inspirion 531

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MinkNSable

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ok, I recently was handed a Dell Inspirion 531 Desk top that needs to be factory reset for my fathers Estate sale. How on earth can I do this without a disc? or partition to work with? I've tried all the lovely F keys to no avail. Anyone????
 

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What's the exact 7-character "service tag" number on that Dell Inspiron 531 desktop?

It appears to be about a 10-year old model which originally came with Windows XP or Windows Vista 32-bit.

Pages 88 - 93 of its on-line owner's manual will show you how to do a factory restore/system recovery.

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MinkNSable

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its Windows Vista and not sure what number you want other than the 531. There is a duel core processor number of 5600, But as for any other number, NO idea. The manual shows the factory reset options, however those do not work when tried, or searched for. are you talking Serial number?
 

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So when I hit Ctrl F11 nothing happens... when I hit F8 on reboot, it brings me into advanced options, but NO option to repair my computer shows up. just Safe mode, safe mode with networking , safe mode with command prompt, Enable boot logging, enable low resolution video, last known good configuration, directory services restore mode, debugging mode, disable automatic restart on system failure, Disable driver signiature enforcement, And last but not least Start Windows Normally. NONE of which are any good to me.
 

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The 7-character service tag number and serial number are the same.

If it came with Windows Vista, these are the on-line instructions for doing a factory restore:

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