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I recently bought the XPS 15 and decided to reformat the drive with a clean win7 64bit install using the drivers CD to assist leaving the Dell recovery partition in place

I may now be selling, so attempted a Dell factory restore from the Dell restore partition using F8 on reboot

Following the manual, I hit F8 but cannot see anything relating to the Dell recovery options only win7 recovery options

I did upgrade to the latest bios from the Dell XPS 15 drivers site but surely they wouldnt have removed this options

I have no recovery CD/DVDs either. Why I cant see the F8 recovery options and whats the best option to factory restore?

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