How To Hard Reset And Restart Dell Inspiron Laptop

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Dell Inspiron on Small Workplace

Dell laptops, especially the Inspiron series, are known to be the best in the business. With their muscular and brawny build, both from the inside and the outside, they are able to withstand a good amount of pressure in terms of hardware and software. Their system is programmed and configured in such a way that they are best to handle a variety of important tasks, like a boss. 

However, there are tough times for everyone and everything. Even the best of the best in the business sometimes faces errors and malfunctions that compromise its capabilities. The performance falls off the charts and there are a good number of flaws occurring during the operation of certain tasks that can immensely affect the productivity and results.

Sometimes they are easily fixable, and sometimes they aren’t. By easily fixable, I mean they can be configured to their best by using different software, antivirus, etc. In other words, just a single tap can bring them back to their senses.

However, there are certain conditions where that single tap doesn’t do the trick. These conditions can be comprised of laptops not even starting at all. In that case, it is best to consider the situation serious and perform an upgraded solution, mostly known as a ‘Hard Reset’.

Time to Restart Sticker on Laptop

Why do we need a Hard Reset?

Whenever we fire up our Dell inspiration laptop to get along with our regular chores, it performs a series of functions and checks for any possible error or malfunction. This set of checks is usually done within the period when we press the power button till the laptop completely boots into the operating system.

There are certain circumstances where a hard reset is deemed necessary for a laptop. Such scenarios arise when the laptop faces a sudden power shortage, a complete boot failure or errors display such as ‘No Bootable Device, ‘No Boot Device Found, etc. 

These types of errors persist when there’s a noticeable fault in the laptop. It can be due to any virus or malware. However, these small errors can be fixed right away with the help of certain designated tools and software.

This software can comprise Windows own defender or any third-party (anti-virus) software such and Avast and Malwarebytes. They both can help eradicate the threat once and for all. But if (and when) the threat seems out of control, like the laptop is not even booting up,  it’s the best option to choose a complete hard reset.

What steps to take before initiating a factory reset?

This is one of the crucial steps most users ignore while heading for a hard reset. It is efficient to do your proper homework before initiating the reset. I would suggest you follow these simple, yet crucial steps to avoid any type of hindrance during your laptop’s hard reset.

  1. Make sure all the external devices are plugged out:

This precaution encourages you to disconnect any sort of external devices that are linked to your laptop at the time of reset. These peripherals can be a printer, a scanner, any sort of modem or an internet-connected device, an external display, any extra USB drive, etc. Involving such gadgets can slow down the process or maybe cause problems during the hard reset.

  1. Make sure you place your Inspiron laptop in a cool, well-vented place:

This is also one of the many important factors one should consider while performing a hard reset. Sometimes, during the reset procedure, your Dell Inspiron laptop can process the reset at a fast pace, allowing the CPU’s processing energy to boost up. This may also result in heavy usage, intense CPU operation, more energy utilization, and ultimately, more production of heat. Therefore, it is a good practice to perform this operation where the airflow will not be a problem. Proper air ventilation and a cool environment will ensure the process goes smooth and steady without causing any hardware damage.

How to start the Hard Reset Process:

Now when everything is in place. It is time to begin the process. The Hard Reset process is not actually a tough and complicated task. But it requires precision and a correct follow-up of the steps to perform it in one go, without any arising problems. Therefore, in order to start the hard reset process, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Turn off your Dell Inspiron Laptop.
  1. Disconnect your Inspiron Laptop from any external power source that can hinder the process. Disconnect it from the external power adapter to cut off its power supply. Also, if your Inspiron laptop supports a removable battery, remove the battery.
Laptop Battery Removal
  1. Now make sure any external peripherals are not connected with your Inspiron Laptop. These devices can be a printer, scanner, USB Drive, etc.
  1. Now when every type of power source is detached from your laptop, press and hold the power key for around 15-30 seconds to drain off all the remaining (or residual) battery inside the system.
  1. When the above steps are done, plug in the adapter (or the power cable) and attach the battery once again. Now wait for around 15-30 seconds and then turn on the laptop. 
  1. Once your turn on the laptop. It will ‘revive’ itself from a fresh start and will take longer than usual. This delay will mostly last for the very first start of your Inspiron Laptop and will get normal with the passage of time.

Although the start will be fresh and will most likely occur without any sort of hurdle. However, in rare cases, if the laptop does not turn on, or if turns on but does not boot up, it is advised to refer to the guide mentioned on Dell’s official website here.

Ever Heard about the Master Reset?

A hard reset is a quick solution to solve any sort of malfunctions, problems, and errors caused (probably) due to some software lag. However, if things do not turn out the way they suppose to. You can always consider going for a thing called ‘Master Reset’.

  1. Get on the search bar and type ‘Reset’.
  1. On the available options, click on the option ‘Reset the PC’.
  1. A new window will pop up by the name of ‘Windows and Security’. Now under the ‘Reset this PC’ section, you will find a button labeled ‘Get Started’. Click on it.
  1. Here, you will have the option to proceed with the steps and either to ‘keep your files’ or entirely ‘remove everything’.
System Recovery Interface

These are the steps you can follow if your Dell Inspiron laptop is going past its lock screen. However, there are certain conditions when the boot operation doesn’t get past the lock screen. In that case, you can follow these steps:

  1. When you are at the lock screen, press and hold ‘Shift’.
  2. Now hold the shift key from one hand and click on the ‘power’ symbol and choose ‘Restart’.
  3. Now keep holding the Shift key until you see the message of ‘Choose the option.
  4. Now upon the list of options, choose ‘Troubleshoot’.
  5. Proceeding from the ‘troubleshoot’, select ‘Reset the PC
  6. It will now ask you whether you want to keep the files or remove everything.
  7. It is good to follow the recommended step and choose ‘remove everything’ for the master reset.
  8. You’ll again be presented with two options, ‘Just remove my files’ and ‘Fully clean the drive’. Choose the second one.
  9. Do the confirmation and press ‘Reset’.
  10.  Now let your Inspiron laptop do its work. The progress bar will start to show up on the screen that will help guide you regarding the process.
  11. When all is done, you’ll be greeted with the message ‘Hi There’ just like the one when you first purchased your laptop.

This is, however, a deeper process when the hard reset option isn’t a viable consideration and the problem still persists. But most of the time, the hard reset gets the job done. Still, if you are looking for a deeper understanding of the master reset, you can click here.

Laptop showing Reset Symbol

What Problems will the Hard Reset Solve for Us / Conclusion:

A number of problems such as lagging, sluggish behavior during the operation of different programs, frequent rebooting, and sudden shutdown, fall under the hard reset category. In other words, a typical hard reset can help you get rid of these problems. 

It is advised to consider going for a hard reset after using your Inspiron for a moderate amount of time. This process helps to brush off all the unnecessary power consumption and power residual inside your Laptop. And ultimately makes your laptop process at a better speed.

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