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system recovery dell inspiron 1501

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by kingofburdocks, Feb 3, 2013.

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  1. kingofburdocks

    kingofburdocks Thread Starter

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    I have a dell inspiron 1501 laptop running windows vista. I would like to format the hard drive and bring the computer back to its original condition. I do not have a copy of the operating system on a cd but there is a partition on the hard drive labeled "recovery" The manual I have tells me to hold down the <ctrl> and <F11> keys at boot up when I see www.dell.com appear. I have tried this several times but it does not work. Is there another way?
     
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    What's the 7-character "service tag" number on the sticker?

    Did it originally come with Windows XP or Windows Vista installed?

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