How to Factory Restore a Dell Vostro 400

By Shawn McClain

The Dell Vostro 400 Mini Tower computer is specifically designed for small businesses. It comes with generous amounts of RAM and hard drive space, no pre-installed programs and 10 total USB 2.0 ports so you can connect a large number of devices. Each Vostro 400 also comes with Dell's Factory Image Restore program that can restore the computer back to its original factory settings. This process erases all information on the hard drive, so it is only useful as a last resort when the computer has significant software issues.

Windows Vista and 7

Step 1

Turn on your Dell Vostro 400. If the computer is already on, restart it.

Step 2

Press "F8" repeatedly as the computer starts up. Stop pressing the button when you see the "Advanced Boot Options" appear on the screen. Use the arrows on your keyboard to scroll down to "Repair Your Computer" and press "Enter." The System Recovery Options window opens.

Step 3

Choose your keyboard language from the list of options and click "Next." Enter the administrative username and password and click "OK."

Step 4

Click "Dell Factory Image Restore" from the list of options. On some systems, you may need to click "Dell Factory Tools" first, to access the restore option.

Step 5

Click "Next" to pass the first window that appears, then place a check mark next to the "Yes, reformat hard drive..." option and click "Next." After a few minutes, a message appears, saying that the computer is back to its factory default settings. Click "Finish" to complete the process. The Vostro 400 now automatically reboots.

Windows XP

Step 1

Turn your computer on, or restart it of it is already on.

Step 2

Watch the screen for the "Dell" symbol. Then hold "Ctrl" and press "F11." Release both keys at the same time. The Dell PC Restore software loads.

Step 3

Click "Restore" from the list of options on the screen. Click "Confirm" to signify that you understand all your information will be deleted. A progress bar appears, and the process takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Step 4

Click "Finish" on the screen to complete the restore and reboot the Vostro 400.