I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 with a bad hard drive. The C: partition is beyond repair but I was able to save the the D: Recovery partition. I replaced the hard drive and applied the "factory.wim" image on the 1501 Laptop using the Vista setup DVD and the imagex utility but when I reboot the partition is not bootable.
I then formatted the drive with one NTFS partition using Easeus Partition manager while booted into the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4Win). I applied the factory.wim file with imagex and no boot - "Operating system not found."
I then booted with the Vista CD (Dell) and performed a Repair. It churned away for a while ~4 or 5 minutes and indicated it had repaired the system but still no boot from the hard drive.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get the image applied and have it boot as normal?
I run a small computer repair company and being able to apply the *.wim image will save me time and money when having to work on a system that has a catastrophic failure of the hard drive and the Dell factory recovery is unavailable.
Thanks in advance.
You might try booting the machine with WinPE after you image the *.wim file
should work for Windows 7. It builds the boot files
on the active partition.