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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: System Recovery - 02-21-2009, 03:39 PM
Ok, here is what i found from this thread. I have not validated it yet.
Edit: Looks like this approach might not work for mini, but it is a step in the right direction
Guide to Making a Dell System Restore DVD
I was going to make a guide for this a few months back. I never did. Its pretty simple though. Except for the last part.
your recovery partitian has a folder called Dell and inside there, a folder called image I believe. and then there's a factory.wim file which is your factory backup of windows before it was turned on. If you restore this file at any time, using the dell restore or your own version, on the next boot, your notebook will act like it did when you took it out the box.
that being said, what do you do to use it from a dvd?
Well just save your whole partition to another computer or jump drive first. But at least get that factory.wim file because thats all you need. Then you will need a bootable imagex cd or usb drive.
Once you boot into imagex using ur cd or usb drive, you can run the command to restore that factory.wim file from where ever you have it, back to your hard drive. Ive done it a few times. I use a 256 meg usb drive and my 40 gig usb drive with the factory.wim file on it. I could easily use the factory.wim on a dvd drive if I wanted. because the imagex acts like a memory OS, u can boot it up then eject the cd and put another media in the drive and it will still be loaded.
read about imagex in wiki
And later I can get you the link to show you how to make a cd, usb, or bootable jump drive. I am at work so I dont have the link.
Once done you can even make another customized save of your cleaned up OS after you delete and modify your vista, and save that as another wim file for restoring later.
The only thing I didnt know how to easily do is, after you restore, they laptop wont boot right away. it will act like its not bootable, and at that point you have to put in a normal vista boot disk and run the restore option which will find the problem and make the restored factory image bootable.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: System Recovery - 02-21-2009, 05:23 PM
Seems like a quite an effort just to use the built-in recovery partition. This is a new Mini12 from Dell, that I just got last week. It hasn't had any other OS installed, and I haven't messed around with the MBR.
After doing some more searching, I came across this page http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/ that makes me believe there is something wrong with the image stored on the recovery partition. I don't have the mini with me now, but I'll have to do some more poking around later on.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: System Recovery - 04-21-2009, 07:47 PM
pop in ur vista cd and boot from it
note that the source drive letter may change while booting from the CD...so to find the new drive letter of the image..follow the next steps..
click install now
go to repair computer
click no when the attempt to recover startup window pops
go to System recovery options
select OS then click next..
it then checks for any backups...then select the option to browse for backups(i don remember the exact option)
there you can find the drive letter of the recovery drive containing the .wmi image.
go to the first window
click on command prompt and type the following
(there is an x: in the start of the command line)
imagex/apply e:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\
here e is the source directory
and then the recovery starts...wait for around 15 minutes and then the process ends.The system restarts.
then i guess factory settings must've been loaded..
Now in case it isn't and if the startup recovery window pops up during the restart ,let it do its job (dont remove the vista CD).
The computer restarts and then the satrtup recovery menu again opens up and here you will find that the Dell Restore PC settings option will be present...click it to restore image...and everything should be fine then onwards....
Join Date: Oct 2009
10-22-2009, 08:29 AM
you can use the built-in recovery partition.
Join Date: Sep 2010
that's it!!! sorry to intrude How how how? - 09-17-2010, 06:18 AM
have a dell e521 that has had xp installed over the primary partition but has the recovery partition in tact for vista.
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