Build your own Factory.wim file and use F8 to restore it ,a How to !

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Build your own Factory.wim file and use F8 to restore it ,a How to !

  • Hi
    The question is do you want to try it ?

    I have made my own factory.wim file and have tested it over
    and over on 2 Inspiron 1501,s one with Vista Basic and the other with Home Premium
    to make sure this does work before i posted it here .

    Now i need your help so we can say it will work for other people !! 
    Yes build your own factory.wim file
    and use the
    Dell F8 PCRestore to use your factory.wim file
    to restore your computer back after a Vista,software or hardware crash !

    Here's what you need in the 10 gig D:\Recovery partition ,
    Dell >you will {{move}} this folder to a USB OR DVD drive for safe keeping 
    so now you will have these folders left on the recovery partition .
    Dell >and rename it to Dell1 if you leave it on the partition .
    Program.files
    Program.data  >it should be hidden !
    Sources
    Tools
    Users
    Windows

    Look in the {Tools} folder and make sure you have these files .
    CmdShell.cmd
    dp.sc
    Facimg.exe   >{this file is a must have} it will build your factory.wim file !!
    imagex.exe
    intlcfg.exe
    PCRestore.exe
    wimfltr.inf
    wimfltr.sys
    wimgapi.dll
    wimscript.ini
    Now
    copy the {TOOLS} folder and the files in it to same USB hard drive ,
    Now you need to make sure your main OS Drive
    is {backed up just incase something goes wrong} with your factory.wim file !!

    OK
    here we go restart your computer with the USB drive plugged into a port
    so it can be seen latter ,
    After you reboot tap F8 to get to the advance boot options menu at the top you will see repair your computer you have it high lighted then tap the enter key after a little screen action you will come to the keyboard select screen
    you select your keyboard layout then you click
    {click next}
    to get to the administrator screen on the drop down menu to select your {login name}and
    password if you have one and click {{OK}}!
    Now you will come to the choose a Recovery tools screen where you see the
    repair startup  >and down to the Dell Factory Image Restore AT THE BOTTOM options !
    You
    Click on the C:\> Command Prompt you should see X:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32> you type
    CD\  Hit the enter key you get
    X:\  now you type your USB drive Letter D: E: or F: it may be tricky to find it , mine is
    F:\>
    Now you type cd tools hit the enter key

    F:\TOOLS>

    Then you type  Facimg.exe  hit then enter key

    now a little screen will start up with Dell Factory Image at the top
    with a progress bar going left to right

    It will say Building the factory image file Waite until it reads and writes the file to the USB drive ,
    my little screen
    goes all the way to the right then it starts over again For the 3rd time !!

     

    After it does its thing building the file it may take a long time to build yours
    mine only took about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the process it will compress your OS drive down to where it should fit on the 10. gig D:\Recovery partition after it Finnish !!
    Now type exit hit the enter key .
    Now select restart after windows restarts you copy your Dell\image\factory.wim folder back to your D:\Recovery partition now to test it , 

    start over with F8 again but do the Dell Factory Image Restore
    it will be {{your factory Restore image}} that you just made !!!
    And by the way i made 2 personal factory.wim files one is about 4.40 gigs the other is about 4.11 and they do fit one the 10.1 gig Recovery partition about 1.2 gig,s left over ,

    it will depend on how many gig,s of information you have on the C:\OS
    partition .
    Good Luck

    Message Edited by C3PO5 on 09-26-2008 02:50 PM
    Message Edited by C3PO5 on 09-26-2008 02:51 PM

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

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  • Thanks for sharing Jerry!
  • Jerry, this sounds great!  As you'll recall, I tried to make some headway on this idea a couple months ago but got sidetracked.  I will be giving your technique some tries and will certainly report back.

     

    One thing I had "problems" with is the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool (memtest.exe) sometimes didn't work after remounting an image other than the factory image.  It would schedule correctly but on restart would return an error of being corrupt or missing.  I'm curious whether it works for you.

     

    Can't wait to give this a try tomorrow.

     

    Tom
    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500x2, Radeon HD2600XT, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
    XPS 420, Q6700, 4GB, 750GB x 2 (RAID 0), GeForce 8800 GT, Xcellerator, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.2GHz, 4GB, 200GB (7200), Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.0GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad-Boot: Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1, XP Pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit & Media Direct

     Tom

    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

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    Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

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  • Hi

    I did check the memtest and it does give the same error message with my factory.wim file !

    I am going to try it with the Dell factory.wim file and see what the outcome is !

    The only other draw back i found is Avast says my key has expired all i have to do is copy

    and past it back in and its good to go after that !

     

    Edit

    I tried with the Dell factory.wim file and the memtest does the same thing !

    It says

    file:     \boot\memtest.exe

    status: 0xc000000e

    Info:    The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is

    missing or corrupt !

     

    Plus every time i use the Dell wim file after it is applied my 1501 goes into a boot loop

    and i have to use the Vista DVD to repair the start up or the boot manager !

    I wish i know how to fix this with the Dell factory.wim file !!

    When i use {my} factory.wim file my compute it does not go into a boot loop !

     

    When my 1501 was new it did the same thing plus it did not even have the F8 option that would work

    i could select repair my computer and it would just boot into windows !!

     

    It has taken me many months just to get it to work

    the way it works now with F8 thanks to Microsoft and windows waik kit .

    So if memtest does not work that does not bother me that much i am just happy i can restore my

    computer back with {my factory.wim file} no boot loops or using the Vista DVD to get it out of the boot loop !!

     

    OH by the way this process does work for my E 521 that my dad is using .

    Good luck to the other people that uses this find to build your own factory.wim file .

     

    I would like to hear from someone that has a Vista 64 bit OS preinstalled on there computer

    to see how this works for them !!

    So if you try this please post your out come so I and other people will know if it works or not!

    Thanks and

    Good Luck  

    Message Edited by C3PO5 on 09-27-2008 02:33 AM

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • Jerry,

    I first learned of the memtest problem when I cloned a factory HDD with Acronis TI11, then used the F8 restore on the cloned drive.  Memtest would work on the cloned c:\ partition, but not on the c:\ partition after using the F8 restore on the cloned drive.  Acronis worked with me for months trying all kinds of different things.  They ended up saying it had something to do with the HPA that they cannot completely clone.  And, they say it was related to requiring Startup Repair on the first restart after the F8 restore.

     

    Back then, the system was new and I wanted everything to work.  I worried that if memtest didn't work, then what else might not turn up not working.  Now, many months later, I'm also not as worried about memtest not working.  But it does bug me.

     

    By the way, I've searched all 4 of my new systems and cannot find facimg.exe.  Not in d:\tools, not anywhere.  I know I have it (or at least I did) because I have the Factory Reinstallation DVD sets for all of these systems and I've watched as it reloads everything as it came from the factory and then builds the factory.wim just before going to the OOBE.  Maybe it normally deletes itself on some systems after creating factory.wim.  Is there a way you could get me a copy of facimg.exe?  Thanks.

     

    Tom
    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500x2, Radeon HD2600XT, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
    XPS 420, Q6700, 4GB, 750GB x 2 (RAID 0), GeForce 8800 GT, Xcellerator, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.2GHz, 4GB, 200GB (7200), Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.0GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad-Boot: Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1, XP Pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit & Media Direct

     

     Tom

    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

    Mini 9, 1.6 GHz, 2 GB, BT, 1.3MP Webcam, 32 GB Runcore, Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

    Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

    Mini 10v,  1.6 GHz, 2 GB, Dual Boot XP & Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

  • Regarding 64-bit Vista and F8 restoreAlthough not exactly what you were inquiring about, I have tried this: I installed Vista 64-bit on the c:\ partition of a drive that has a "valid" (restorable32-bit factory.wimThen I tried using the F8 restoreIt returns an error that the operating systems are not compatibleBUT, I did get it to restore the 32-bit image eventuallyJust can't remember exactly how I did itI think I might have kept trying several times until it "took."  I usually take meticulous notes, but didn't that time.....

     

    Tom
    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500x2, Radeon HD2600XT, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
    XPS 420, Q6700, 4GB, 750GB x 2 (RAID 0), GeForce 8800 GT, Xcellerator, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.2GHz, 4GB, 200GB (7200), Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.0GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad-Boot: Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1, XP Pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit & Media Direct

     Tom

    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

    Mini 9, 1.6 GHz, 2 GB, BT, 1.3MP Webcam, 32 GB Runcore, Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

    Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

    Mini 10v,  1.6 GHz, 2 GB, Dual Boot XP & Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

  • Hi

    Tom

    {{Yes}} i will send you the D:\tools folder in a zipped file just send me a PM with your

    email address .

    Yes i tried the same thing with a 64 bit OS and i get the same errors .

    I think its because we would need the D:\recovery partition files and folders for a 64 bit OS

    preinstalled from Dell !   

    I have did this with a retail 32 bit version using the Dell restore partition !

    I have just finnished doing it on my D 8400 with retail Vista Home P .

     

    The next step is to do it with Ultimate retail 32 using the Dell recovery 32 bit partition

    files and folders.

    I

    for sure would like to try this with a 64 bit recovery partition if someone would send me

    just the folders without there Dell\image\factory.wim file .

    Hint Hint anyone willing to do this ?

    Thanks

     

     

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • I wish i know how to fix this with the Dell factory.wim file !!

    Hi ALL

    Well my wish came true i got the Dell factory.wim restore boot loop problem fixed so now i am a happy camper with it !

     

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • What did you do to fix it?

     

    Tom
    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500x2, Radeon HD2600XT, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
    XPS 420, Q6700, 4GB, 750GB x 2 (RAID 0), GeForce 8800 GT, Xcellerator, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.2GHz, 4GB, 200GB (7200), Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    XPS M1330, 2.0GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad-Boot: Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1, XP Pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit & Media Direct

     Tom

    XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

    XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

    Mini 9, 1.6 GHz, 2 GB, BT, 1.3MP Webcam, 32 GB Runcore, Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

    Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

    Mini 10v,  1.6 GHz, 2 GB, Dual Boot XP & Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

  • Hi

    I did a Pcrestore it went into a boot loop then i used the Vista DVD to fix the boot loop

    and used F8 before it got the the screen where you put the check marks to

    except the Dell and Microsoft agreement and then built a new Dell factory.wim file ,

    just like i did with my factory.wim file .

    I deleted the old Dell wim file and copied the new Dell factory.wim file back to the recovery partition

    rebooted and used F8 to restore with the new wim file now it works just like it did when it was new

    no more boot loops !

    If i want a new factory restore it works like it did when it came from Dell you know all of the pre setup you have to do before you get into windows .

     

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version 

    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • Hi Jerry,

    I am getting crazy as I try to restore my factory settings the whole day.

    It seems the file Facimg.exe is not at my PC at all (although I am not aware of any deleting on the recovery partition at all).

    I found a factory.wim file that looks as created by dell.

    When I start the recovery process (as described by you) sooner or later the program states that the facimg.exe is missing (correct). I tried to find it by google but without success. Where can I get this file?

    Yours,

    Soenke

  • This is much easier using Acronis True Image software and a hidden disk partition " Acronis SecureZone" except you will see "Press F11 for system restore" at boot time. You can also schedule incremental backups so the image is always up to date. This WIM thing is just too much trouble. Acronis will set this up along with the hidden partition and the boot prompt in a few clicks of the mouse.

     

    pcgeek11

  • Hi. I'm Having problems restoring my system. Just to say the hardrive is formatted and i have a full copy of the recovery wim file and all the associated folders from my D drive. can i restore my hard drive from my external drive using the copy. If so how

    Thanks

    andy

     

  • Hi CP305

    Thanks for the info. Ive tried this and it worked apart from a boot up problem, kept re booting,  which vista disk fixed the boot problem

    Ive got the XPS M1530 and checking the "Tools" folder i do not have the "CmdShell.cmd".

    Not sure what this file does. Is it related to my boot up problem after using F8 for restore?

    Thanks

    Andy

  • Hello,

    Where can i find the  " Facimg.exe " ?

    I had not sucessfully found any where in the RECOVERY (D:)  > Tools (folder)  and on the webs for this file.

    Please help.