How to Restore a Dell Computer Without a CD

Computers are often taken for granted until they act up. When major problems occur that can't be fixed with troubleshooting, the final resort is to do a system restore. System restores are often done by inserting a recovery disc that came with the Dell computer. However, many Dell models have "System Recovery" built into the computer, making the recovery disc unnecessary.

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Dell desktop

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With your computer on, click on "Start" on your desktop. Click on "All Programs."

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Click on "Accessories," then "System Tools," then "System Restore."

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Highlight the option of "Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time," and then select "Next."

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Select a date to use as an earlier restore point from the calendar of restore points that appears. The available restore points are highlighted in bold print. After selecting a restore point, click "Next."

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Wait while the system restoration process happens. This will take some time, but when it is complete, a screen will appear that says the System Restore is complete. The Dell computer will then restart itself. Do not interfere with its restart.

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When the computer boots back up, click "OK," and you are ready to be connected once again.