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How do I reset my Dell Windows 7 laptop to its factory settings?

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I want to gift with the computer and desire to reset it to it's out-of-the-box state prior to handing it over.

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Hi. You  can reset you Window 7 Dell Laptop by following the following steps:

 
1. Back up important files and data. If you do not back up your files, you will lose them.
 
2. Turn off your computer.
 
3. Disconnect everything but the monitor, keyboard and mouse. This includes your:
 
- scanner
 
- printer
 
- modem or network cables
 
- mobile phone and tablet
 
- USB flash drive or other external hard drive
 
4. If your laptop is docked, remove it from the docking station.
 
5. When the Dell logo appears, press F8 several times to open the Advanced Boot Options menu.
 
Note: If the Advanced Boot Options menu doesn't open, wait for the Windows login prompt. Then restart the computer and try again.
 
6. Use the Arrow keys to select Repair Your Computer and then press Enter.
 
7. On the System Recovery Options menu, select a keyboard layout and click Next.
 
8. To access the recovery options, log in as an administrator and click OK to open the Dell Factory Image Restore menu.
 
9. Depending on your configuration, you may need to select Dell Factory Tools and then Dell Factory Image Restore.
 
10. Click Next to open the Confirm Data Deletion menu.
 
11. Select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box and click Next.
 
Note: The restore process begins and may take five or more minutes to complete. A message appears when the operating system and factory-installed applications have been restored to factory condition.
 
12. After the restore operation is complete, click Finish to restart the computer.
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