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Factory Settings in Dell® Alienware® Aurora ALX

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Restoring factory settings in Dell Alienware Aurora ALX

Alienware Aurora ALX is a desktop computer from Dell. Users of Dell Alennware Aurora ALX may face problems of system not rebooting and your critical data might get stuck with your PC. In this case, you may choose to restore the system to the factory settings using the recovery partition.

Here is the information on how to restore the system to the factory settings, including tips and its consequences:
  • Tips to restore Factory Settings in Dell Alienware Aurora ALX
  • Things to keep in mind while resetting Factory Settings
  • When you need to restore Factory Settings in Dell Alienware Aurora ALX and Its consequences

Tips to restore Factory Settings in Dell Alienware Aurora ALX

First of all, you need to have the recovery partition. In the recovery partition, there will be FACTORY.WIM file which is nothing but the replica of the hard drive. This file is created after the successful setup of your system by Dell. Now you will need to download the Windows Automated Installation kit (WAIK) from the Microsoft site. You need to get the IMAGEX.EXE file which can be obtained after installing the WAIK. Copy that in USB drive and reboot the Alienware Aurora ALX.

You will need to press F8 after the reboot, then select ‘Repair you computer’. This will load the Windows recovery environment screen. You will need to logon using the local administrative account details.

Do not choose ‘YES’ to ‘system needs to fix the start up’ option. In further screen, select the ‘System Image Restore’. Next, you will be asked to click on ‘Install a Driver’, do not click on this. In next screen, select command prompt and type ‘X:IMAGEX /APPLY C:DellIMAGEFACTORY.WIM 1 D:’

If the system has a ‘X’ is drive where the USB has been detected and which has IMAGEX.EXE. Now it will uncompress the files and after everything worked well, remove the USB and reboot the system.

Things to keep in mind while resetting Factory Settings

First thing that needs to be keep in mind is you need to have the recovery partition in the system. Users who are deleted the recovery partition will not able to do the factory reset. User can cross check whether the recovery partition still exists in the system by going in DellIMAGE folder. It will have approximately 16 GB of occupied space. Drive letter can be D: of depend upon the other drives you have. While going through the process of restore you will be prompted for the warning messages, please read carefully. As this warning may be different depending upon how the system has crashed.

When you need to restore Factory Settings in Dell Alienware Aurora ALX and Its consequences

You need to do the restore factory setting if you are not able to boot in Alienware Aurora ALX. This may happen if virus has crashed your system and corrupt the boot sequence or if the malware has made your system slow. After the factory restore, you will find you system work like the first day you started your system and it will be fast and smooth in loading, as well. All the built-in applications will also functional well.

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