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#1 logikz


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:56 PM

So i had an OEM installation of from dell with a recovery partition installed.  I decided to give windows 8.1 a try and overwrite 7.  Somehow this disconnected the recovery partition, because upon reinstalling windows 7 - from a disc aquired - i cannot access the recovery partition.  I mean it is there, i just cannot boot from it.  I would like to install the .WIM files that are located in that recovery partition, or at least have the option available to boot into recovery mode if i need.  the "Repair your computer" option is now missing.


anything would be helpful.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:17 PM

One of the really nice things about Dells is that they come - or most of them do - with a sticker on them somewhere with a barcode on it. If you go to 'Support' on the Dell web-site and enter the number off this barcode into 'Search', it will take you directly to the relevant part of the site. Here you will find instructions on how to use the recovery partition on your computer.


'Repair your computer' is a feature of Windows that has been built in since at least XP, if it isn't working or available, this suggests your installation is faulty, and if you google '.WIM files' you will find out more about .WIM files than you ever wanted to know !


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:21 PM

I believe this will work for Windows 7 too.


Try this Manual Recovery from a Dell Vista Recovery Image - Step-by-Step


This is more or less the same thing too.

It is  a little more involved than this one makes it look.



1. Create a bootable winpe with imagex disk using Windows Vista AIK

2. Boot your laptop from the disk

3. Format your OS drive

4. use imagex to apply the Dell factory image located x:\dell\image\factory.wim


Also Post #10 here Windows 7: Accessing my restore partition


Read and decide.


One of these should work. I have done it in the past on a Dell.

Good Luck


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