Thread: Factory.wim
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14 Dec 2009  

Windows 7

Several months ago I bought a Dell Inspiron 537 with Vista Home Premium x64. When Windows 7 came out I upgraded to it. I did a clean install but kept the OEM and Recovery partitions (they are the same as when shipped).

I had to once restore the pc using the F8 option (still using Vista). I found this to be extremely helpful rather than having to format the drive and reinstall eveything. I feel the
convenience is worth the partition space.

What I want to do is to replace the current factory.wim (Vista) that Dell installed on the pc with the current state of the pc (Win7 and all the app I have installed so far).

My question is how do I do this. Can I simply delete or move the old factory.wim (Vista) or do I need to unmount it and then run imagex to create a new factory.wim (WIN7). If so, will F8 still work and what is the proper imagex settings or command line options that I would need.

Thanks to all in advance for your help.

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