I can't seem to find where to factory restore my new Dell Inspiron Mini 1010. The manual gives me steps for pressing F8 several times.. on boot to go to the Vista Advanced Boot Options and then selecting Repair Your Computer. Then blah blah blah click Dell Factory Image Restore. The only problem is, the dell inspiron mini 10's come with XP not vista... Why does the manual say vista? I've delt with Dell factory restores in the past. but this one has got me going in circles.
EDIT: January, 8th 2012
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I've tried that, it doesn't work. The computer just boots straight into Windows XP. The only function keys that bring up anything are just F2, F8 and F12. But none of them would have this option. F2 is just for the bios, F12 the boot options and of course F8 is typical Windows.
I'm willing TO gueSs that the Factory Image Restore doesn't exist on the Dell Mini 10's. I went to Disk Management and it doesn't show that there's a hidden partition at all that would have the restore there. Just a tiny diagnostics partition. This (To draw in by establishing a partial vacuum), I want to restore the netbook back to it's factory settings. Is there anywhere out there that has the factory restore as a disc image that could fit on an SD card to reinstall it? I use a 2 gig SD card on the Dell Mini 10
You might be right. When I went to install Windows 7 on mine, I did notice a restore partition on the disk but it was tiny. Didn't think much of it and merged it to reclaim the space.
Not sure if this will help you, but you can definitely boot off of an external CD drive - if you have one, you can boot off that with the restore CD that came in the box. Either that or make your SD card bootable (which should work, as I think the card reader is connected internally by USB) and copy the CD contents on to that.
To check if you have a recovery partition, go to start, right click on computer, click manage. Select management. It will show you if you have a extra partition in there. if so, reboot. At the Dell screen press and hold ctrl, right after the Dell screen goes away hit F11. Select options from there.
Dell mini 10.
Yeah, I know how to check for hidden partitions. About 5 days after I posted here which was months ago... I had called dell support for another issue with the mini asking about upgrades which it doesn't support. They told me that the Dell mini 10 doesn't come with the Factory Restore Partition.
That is strange. I work for an ISP and we get alot of these. Every one of them has had the restore partition. I put Linux on it anyway, but it is there on ours.
Mini 10 with XP: Reboot, press and hold Ctrl, The Dell logo screen will appear and freeze after progress line finishes, continue to hold Ctrl then press F11. It will go into Symantec recovery.
Earlier versions of this Netbook only came with the restore CD. I'm attempting copying this to a flash drive now. I'll keep everyone posted.