Factory reset, restore, or reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell computer


Factory reset, restore, or reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell computer


Reset, restore, or reinstall Windows 7, 8, and 10 on your Dell PC using the instructions shown below.



Table of Contents:

  1. Restore your operating system to factory settings
  2. Alternate recovery and reinstall options
  3. Legacy operating system information

Restore your operating system to factory settings

To repair or restore your operating system to its original factory image, visit the Dell Windows Backup Media and Recovery Options page. Here, you can learn how to create recovery discs using your Dell computer, or how to download a Dell factory image for your product.


Alternate recovery and reinstall options

Windows 10

For a list of options for restoring or reinstalling Windows 10, refer to the Dell Support article Reset or reinstall Windows 10 on your Dell computer.

Video (English Only) - How to Run System Restore Windows 10


Windows 8.1

To manually reinstall Windows 8.1, refer to the Dell Support article Windows 8.1 Upgrade and Installation Instructions.

To perform a system restore in Windows 8.1, refer to the Dell Support article How to run System Restore in Windows 8.1 on your Dell PC.


Windows 7

To learn about using system restore points, resetting to factory settings, or manually installing Windows 7 on your Dell Computer, refer to the Dell Support article How to use a Restore Point, Factory Reset, or Manually Install Windows 7 on your Dell Computer.


Legacy operating system information



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Article ID: SLN130027

Last Date Modified: 09/17/2020 03:51 AM

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