How to Factory-Restore a Dell Inspiron 1545 Laptop


Restoring your Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop back to its factory settings can correct many of the problems that computer users face, such as configuration errors and even virus infections. Microsoft provides the Factory Restore feature so that Windows can be reinstalled and all user data and settings can be removed from the machine. This powerful feature can be used for troubleshooting purposes, or if you are selling your machine, not wanting your personal information to be transferred to the new owner. Restore the Dell 1545 laptop's original settings in under two hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank DVDs or external storage drive
  • Back up all of the data you wish not to lose during the Factory Restore procedure. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Maintenance," then click "Back up files" from the "Back up files or your entire computer" option on your screen. Click "Next" if the User Account Control screen appears to continue. Select the location to back up the files, such as blank DVDs or an external drive, from the "Where do you want to save your backup?" screen, then click "Next." Click "Save Settings and Start Backup" from the "How often do you want to create a backup?" screen, then wait for the "Backup Complete" message to appear on your computer screen.

  • Disconnect all peripherals that are not required to operate the laptop, such as your printer, modem, USB devices and external drives.

  • Begin restoring the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop factory settings. Restart the computer by clicking "Start," "Shutdown" and "Restart." Hit the "F8" key on your computer's keyboard to access the "Advanced Boot Options" screen.

  • Press the down arrow key on your keyboard until you have selected "Repair Your Computer," then click "Next." Provide your administrative password, then click the "OK" button.

  • Select "Dell Factory Image Restore," then click "Next." Choose "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" and then "Next." The original settings will now be restored to the Dell Inspiron 1545.

  • Click "Finish" once the process has been completed to restart your laptop.

  • Restore your data that has been backed up by clicking "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Maintenance," then "Backup and Restore Center." Select "Advanced Restore" from the "Restore files or your entire computer" screen. Select "Files from a backup made on a different computer" from the "What do you want to restore?" screen, then click "Next." Navigate to the storage location, such as the DVD in your DVD-ROM drive or an external drive under "My Computer." Select "Restore everything in this backup" from the "Select the files and folders to restore" screen, then click "Next."

Tips & Warnings

  • Performing a Factory Restore procedure on your Dell Inspiron 1545 will erase all user data and settings on your laptop.

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