How to factory restore windows xp!?

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I want to restore an 8 year old computer I have with XP to factory settings. I do not have any of the disks it came with. I am pretty sure I can reinstall drivers through dell.com but I can restore it. I tried and it only lets me restore to about a month ago. Tapping F8 was the only thing I could do and it did not work. Anybody help?
 

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If it's a laptop, you might be good to go, with just hitting F5 on startup (I think that's the key), and choose restore from Factory Partition.
If not, Dell usually ships you a free replacement disk. You must tell them the Service Tag number, first, though
(of course, make sure you save anything that needs saving, first.)
 

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It's a desktop. A Dell Dimension 3100. I tried hitting F8 but the restore wont go to factory on a month back. I have none of the CD's.
 

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Please people. READ WHAT I FIRST WROTE. I DO NOT HAVE THE XP DISK. This will not work for me. I need a factory restore guys. Once again, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT CAME WITH THIS. I want to be able to restore to factory settings with the drivers and everything.
 

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also when I press CTRL and F11 nothing happens. I am doing it simultaneously as it says. It only works when I use F8 alone and all I can do is restore to last month.
 

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If that is indeed the sequence to activate the restore partition, then you have a problem. If the restore partition is non-functional, your remaining option would be to order a set of restore cd's from Dell or just settle for an OS only install.
 

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except i cant use f11 and i dont get a restore option for factory settings with f8
 

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i dont want to spend any money on the restoration and know the crooks that dell are, heck no. any other options?
 

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i think u forgot i still need to restore it :/
 

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once again, if i have to pay to restore this computer it is not worth it. ill keep the hard drive but throwing out the rest.

anyobdy know a free way to restore this computer?

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Dell didn't charge me, the last 2 times I called to order XP system restoration disks for buddies of mine. It took, like, 10 weeks, though. That has been awhile, though.
 
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