How to Restore the Factory Settings in a Dell Inspiron B130

By Jason Taetsch

The Dell Inspiron B130 notebook features a built-in hard drive partition used to restore the factory settings without the need for a restore CD or any additional utilities. Restoring a computer to the factory settings allows the user to restore the computer to the original operating condition as if it was just taken out of the box. The restoration process is often a last resort for users to reclaim their computer from the affects of a particular nasty virus or from a devastating system error. Most Dell users can complete the restore process for the Inspiron B in a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • External Hard Drive

Step 1

Use an external hard drive to back up any important files on the computer as all of the data on the computer's hard drive will be erased during the restore process. Connect the hard drive to the computer via the USB cable and transfer any valuable photos, music, programs or documents into the hard drive's folder. Once all the files are copied into the folder, right-click on the hard drive's folder icon and choose "Eject."

Step 2

Remove any other unnecessary hardware device cables connected to the computer as they maybe damaged when the computer is restored. Disconnect any scanners, USB drives, MP3 players, smart phones and the external hard drive.

Step 3

Close any programs running on the computer and turn off the computer. Turn the power back on and hold down the "F8" key when the Dell logo appears on the screen to open the "Advanced Boot Options" screen. Make sure to complete this step before Windows loads.

Step 4

Use the down arrow keys to highlight the "Repair Your Computer" selection and press "Enter" on the keyboard. Click "Next" on the welcome screen and log-in to the administrator account for the computer.

Step 5

Click on the "Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe options" icon. Select the language settings for the computer and click "Next." Check the box for "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" and click on the "Next" button to begin the restore process. The computer will then erase the hard drive and restore the computer to the original factory condition. Press "Finish" to restart the computer with the factory settings restored.