have an interesting problem: I broke the screen on my laptop, but instead of fixing it I've just been using an external monitor and keeping it at home. I just don't have the money to fix it. BUT, my comp needs some maintenance. I have Vista, and have a Win 7 install disk on an external (USB) dvd drive - this would be my first choice. My second choice is to use Dell's System Restore. BUT, both require actions before my screen lights up. For factory restore, I need to press F8 and get into the advanced boot options, etc..
Any genius ideas?