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yuanaug
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Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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I'm trying to do a factory reset on my Dell laptop. I didn't receive a CD when I bought it so I tried doing it through the BIOS. I hit F8 repeatedly and got to the repair your computer screen. I selected that option and then it shows a screen that says Windows loading files. Unfortunately, after that it just freezes once the loading bar is full. Then after maybe 10 minutes it goes to resuming Windows normally (I assume a time out of some sort). 

Is there another way to do a factory reset? Like I said I don't have the CD because it didn't come with it. Or maybe I'm doing something wrong? Thanks

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Re: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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Hi yuanaug,

Dell does not ship any factory recovery discs for systems. There is a ‘Dell DataSafe Local Backup’ application installed in the system wherein you could create recovery discs.Please follow the steps below to restore the computer to factory state.

  1. Turn on the computer, after the Dell Logo appears and then disappears repeatedly press the <F8> key until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu.
  2. From the Advanced Boot Options highlight Repair Your Computer with the arrow keys and press <ENTER>.
  3. Click ‘Next’ and login to your administrator account on the computer. The administrator account is the account created the first time the computer was turned on.
  4. Click ‘Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe options’ and follow the prompts provided.

If the above steps are not working and your system is booting into the operating system then follow the steps in the link given below to create a factory recovery discs and use the discs to restore the computer to factory state.

http://dell.to/rXS9BO

If the computer is not booting into the operating system then I am afraid you will have to perform manual operating system reinstallation from the operating system discs.

Please let me know if this helps.

rtoupin
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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My system recovery tools simply will not load.  Every time I do the F8 and click repair, the computer boots to normal windows.

Is there another way?

ejn63
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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If you have not yet done so, run an extended hard drive diagnostic (F12 at powerup).  It sounds like a faulty hard drive is a strong possibility.

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rtoupin
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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Ran complete tests and they all came back normal.  The HDD is not the issue.   Any other thoughts on why I cannot access the recovery tools?

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LyteWing
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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I am having a problem restoring a 5110 laptop for a client of mine also.  The laptop has been blue screening everyday at a more and more frequent rate and it is driving my client insane since she needs it for work.  After a full battery of tests including memory scans, anti-virus/malware scans, and other general hardware/software checks and updates I was at my wits end and just backed up her data and prepared to do a system restore per the instructions in the user manual.  Unlike some other people in this thread, I did get to the menu of diagnostic/recovery options (one tip here is that the "Loading Windows Files" screen seems to stay up for an extended period of time with no hdd activity before continuing to load the recovery environment which might make some people assume it is locked up or stalled).  The problem for me is that when I choose the option to reload the factory image I get a message informing me that there is not image to restore from on the hard drive and to choose another location where it might be.  Well...there is no other location and the only media shipped with the laptop was a drivers and utilities disc.  I know the recovery was not removed from the unit after being shipped from the factory since I set the laptop up for the client when it was taken out of the shipping box and she lacks the knowledge to do so herself even if she wanted to for some reason.  So I can only assume the recovery partition/image was not properly installed from the factory.

Sadly, Dell tech support is not what it used to be apparently as evidenced by a call I placed to Dell support.  Of course the person that answered my call was from India, which is not what I have an issue with since I was able to understand her fairly easily, but that she seemed to have only the slightest connection with Dell and only seemed to want to sell me other products.  When I asked about my recovery partition issue she asked why I wanted to use it and I informed her of the blue screening issues and immediately told me I had a virus (without doing any troubleshooting, this was literally within 20 seconds into the conversation) and tried to sell me a year subscription to System Mechanic for $109.  When I informed her that I was a tech and there was no virus and that I just wanted to clear up why there was apparently no factory recovery image she went into another sales pitch for a one time service fee of something like $129 during which a factory image would be created....to me, something is smelling fishy here.  This is NOT the Dell service and support I have come to know and trust and has made me recommend Dell products on several occasions over the years.  If I was not so sure that I dialed the customer support number from the Dell web site myself I would have sworn I had been connected with one of the "Internet Tech Support" virus calls people have been getting in the USA.


I have to get this clients laptop fully functioning with no constant blue screens and I feel very responsible since I suggested the Dell laptop and helped her pick it out but that is made so much more difficult without a reliable factory recovery method and I take little comfort in finding that others are having issues with this on the exact same laptop my client has.


Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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rtoupin
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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You might be able to make recovery disks if the client hasn't already.  These, once done, should allow a recovery access to the tools.

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rtoupin
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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PS:  My recovery disk won't load windows.exe so it is pretty useless.

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ejn63
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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Try a different DVD drive - external if you don't have another internal.

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rtoupin
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RE: Dell Inspiron N5110 Factory Reset Help

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No luck.   At this point, I am out of options.

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