How to Start Up the Dell Inspiron Recovery Partition

By Jason Taetsch

Updated September 28, 2017

The Recovery Partition in a Dell Inspiron allows users to restore their laptop to factor condition. Restoring the laptop can overcome serious damage inflicted by a virus or other malware infection and can also smooth over system errors that may arise. The factory partition for Dell Inspiron computer is the Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 program that can be accessed from the boot options menu. Starting up the recovery partition takes a few steps that can be completed by novice computer users.

Open the Advanced Boot Options Menu on the Dell Inspiron laptop. Close any programs running and shut down the computer. Turn the computer power back on.

Press the "F8" key once the Dell logo appears on the screen to open the Advanced Boot Options menu. The menu must be accessed before the Windows operating system launches. If Windows starts up, let the operating system load as normal before restarting the computer.

Use the arrow keys to highlight the "Repair Your Computer" option and press "Enter" on the keyboard. Click on the "Next" button and enter the log-in credentials for the administrator account for the computer.

Click on the "Dell Factory Image Recovery and Data Safe Options" button to start up the recovery partition on Dell Inspiron laptops. Follow the instructions in the recovery partition wizard to restore the Dell to factory settings.