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.
Things You'll Need
- Dell PC with System Restore installed at factory
With your computer on, click on "Start" on your desktop. Click on "All Programs."
Click on "Accessories," then "System Tools," then "System Restore."
Highlight the option of "Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time," and then select "Next."
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."
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.
When the computer boots back up, click "OK," and you are ready to be connected once again.
Tips & Warnings
- When restoring your Dell computer, pick a restore point that is from a time when you know there were no technical issues with the PC.
- Before doing a restore, back up all data and photos you want to keep just in case there is a problem with the restore and the system needs a complete reset.If system restore does not fix your problem, contact a Dell tech support representative.