I have acquired a used Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer.
I did not receive any installation DVDs with the computer.
The computer has Vista SP1 installed. I would like to do a complete restore back to factory.
There is restore partition on the disk drive. The restore partition appears to be intact, including a Factory.wim file.
I have not been able to launch the restore feature. I have tried both the “outside of window” and the “inside of windows” methods described on various pages.
I have booted the computer with F8 to get to “Advanced Boot Options”. I select “Repair Your Computer” from the list.
The “System Recovery Options” screen appears. Options include
System Image Recovery
Windows Memory Diagnostic
There is no listing for
‘Windows Complete PC Restore’ or ‘Dell Factory Image Restore”
In other word, no way to do a factory restore.
Within Vista, DataSafe Local Backup does not appear in programs list. It does not appears to be installed on the computer.
Dell makes DataSafeLocalBackup_Basic.exe available for download, at this site:
When I try to install it, it stops with an error which says “Dell DataSafe Local Backup can only be installed on systems running Windows 7".
Is there a previous version of “DataSafe Local Backup” that runs under Vista?
Is it available for download?
Is there some other way to access the restore partition and set Vista back to factory?