I have problem in doing factory restore..
i mean initially i had 2 partition..
C drive and a RECOVERY drive.
by mistake i formatted C drive. i was left with no option as there was no any running OS present, so i installed windows 7.
But the recovery partiton was intact and untouched.
i want to now factory restore my laptop....
my problem is... when i press F8 and go to advanced boot menu, i select 'repair your computer'
than once the windows loads the files...
in recovery option i cannot see that 'dell image factory restore ' option.
is there any way how to get it back?
i mean certainly my recovery partition is perfectly undamaged.. which i can gaurantee.... so there must be come way.. either by command prompt or something that i can restore it back to original factory settings???
pll help me out with this issue.
It's is very simple procedure,
I had the same problem and I wasted 2 whole day without sleeping.
And I had read 1000’s webpage to solve
finally I found the this forum and followed the procedure given in
You don’t have follow whole steps. Only you have follow the steps
1. Download Windows AIK (it is almost 1706 MB) from “http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=696DD665-9F76-4177-A811-39C26D3B3B34&displaylang=en””
2. Burn it by any iso burner or mount it by any image mounting software
3. Install it
4. And follows only the steps in
“To create Windows PE media”
Because we have the image in C: drive (Recovery partition)
[when you boot system by other method rather than installed OS, C drive is recovery partition and D drive is OS installed drive]
Other steps are to create image and install in multiple system
*creating Windows PE media is a little tricky, but easy*
[I had uploaded the iso image of “Windows PE media”. You can download and write in CD or DVD rather than making one]
Boot system using the same disk and follow the steps
1. Check C: drive is recovery partition by doing into C: and type dir
2. if it is recovery partition(most probably, it will be),go to D: and check it is OS partition
3. it is recovery partition(most probably, it will be), go to E:(your DVD drive)
4. format D: drive and
imagex /apply c:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 d:
6. wait until reaching 100 % (for me it took 6.32 minutes)
7. type exit
8. that’s it.
[I’m typing this another computer. before I finishing this message. Recovery finished]
Then i checked twice by using F8 and dell recovery tool. It worked fine.
All the best
Contact me if you have any problems
The recovery is in a Windows image file created by ImageX. You can prepare a Windows PE boot CD and use ImageX to restore it.
This isn't trivial to do, as you can see:
i guess this is real long procedure right??
i think there is just a porblem with my MBR..
thanks for the valuable reply.. i will certainly work on this procedure.. it seems to be pretty lengthy .. but still i will give it a shot and try as per ur instruction in couple of days.. and will post here....i appreciate your time and help.
thanks once again.
sorry guys please ignore previous reply, it has some errors in typing
4. And follows only the steps ( in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721929%28WS.10%29.aspx#BKMK_BUILD_ANSWER)
1. Check C: drive is recovery partition by going into C: and type dir
2. if it is recovery partition(most probably, it will be),go to D: and check it, is OS partition
3. it is OS partition(most probably, it will be), go to E:(your DVD drive)
this now i think u made it really easy for me.. just a small doubt.. instead of burning cd or dvd can i boot from pen drive?? i mean just changing the boot option from cd/dvd i can just boot from pen drive? or its not a good idea???
one more thing is the link u provided.. will it work fro 64 bit windows 7?? i guess it shows for 32 bit...
another best way to restore your system in future is
1. just recover system using factory setting
and install all software you need
install fresh OS, drivers and install all software you need [ I prepare this method, because I don't need all unnecessary software provide by OEM)
2. create a document, picture, video, music folder in different drive(other than OS drive which is usually C:) and link the folder in start menu (links of document, picture, video, music by right clicking and go to properties and give the link by adding root of newly created folders)
it works for windows 64 bit and also windows 32 bit
my system is DELL Studio 1558 installed with 64 bit OS
i don't recommend using pen drive. because while booting by PE Disk, pen drive is treated as another HDD and drive letter is assigned to it. so it will confuse the system and you have to be careful while typing the command. otherwise you will loose your recovery partition.
I suggest to use DVD/CD
but you can try using pen drive and let me know if it works [it work, but you have change drive letter while using the command imagex]
(I didn't tried using pendrive. I use a single DVD-RW for this type of work.)
ask any help if needed
Prepare a bootable CD with ImageX on it -- that will restore the file.
I followed the same procedure given in the link
and uploaded the bootable CD with imagex after I used (which is working)
so u guys can use it by downloading (so you can avoid by downloading windows AIK file which is 1706 MB and preparing the bootable CD). which is time saving and avoid errors during the preparation of bootable CD
yes it is a little lengthy procedure.
but I made it simple
steps you have to do is
1. just download this file (PE boot disk)
2. burn it in CD/DVD
3. boot from burned CD/DVD
4. after booting, in command prompt just type
5. wait 7 min
thats it. it takes 10 minutes to fix everything apart from download [file size is 200 MB. download time based on your internet speed]
note 1: I completed everything to get a PE boot disk and I uploaded the file. so you guys can finish everything in 10 min. other wise you have to download Windows AIK file (1706 MB) install and you have manually create PE boot disk along with imagex and burn it. then you have to follow the steps to recover.
just follow the steps i had given above and restore your system
All the best
ask help for any doubts
hi mikedid u tried the method?Ganesh
ur CD works, but I think you forgot to mention I should first go to the CD drive (eg. E:) then type this code: " imagex
/apply c:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 d: "
because otherwise the command prompt was always pointing at X:\Windows\System32\ and I always got the error "imagex " wasn't recognized.
It's taking about 9 mins on my dell studio 1558 ( Core i5, 4 GB DDR3)
thanks for the help anyway.
@solid 0 snake
yes i forgot to mention,
that nice to hear it working for others also and for it taking 4.10 min in my studio (core i7-720, 4 GB DDR3),
u have to run from the the folder where IMAGEX file is present (in CD or any folder in HDD)
even you can copy folder called amd64 from CD into any drive of your HDD (don't copy in to your C: drive)
and recover by following method
boot using any method other than OS (for example,
1. by Repair your computer
2. (or) using any other boot cd, like norton ghost,
3. (or) MS-DOS
4. any method you know))
then go to the folder where imageX file is present
and run the command in command prompt
note: if you using 32 bit boot loader you have copy X86 folder and you have run imagex from that folder
these 2 folder are very small compared to CD
i.e amd64 is 22 mb and
X86 folder is 16 mb.
if any one want this folder let me know, i'll upload