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Windows 7: Restoring Vista to a Windows 7 laptop


21 Apr 2011   #1
RJ7887

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Restoring Vista to a Windows 7 laptop

Hello,

I'm trying to restore my Dell Inspiron 1750 to its factory condition. I installed Windows 7 awhile back but am giving the laptop to my mom and want to restore the factory settings.
My recovery, E drive is still intact with the factory.wim file.
Dell tech support told me to eff off so I turned to the internet.
I found another thread on this from the dell support forums,
Problems with Factory Image Restore on Dell Inspiron 1750 - Microsoft OS Forum - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
but I couldn't follow the command prompt portion.
Thanks for any help you can give me.


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21 Apr 2011   #2
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That should work, but you may find there is an easier way.

Best to have some kind of bootable disk to hand - just in case ( I assume you have the win7 install dvd ).

1. boot into windows 7

2. look in disk management and check the dell recovery partition is a Primary partition ( dark blue )

3. Assuming it is, then rt click it and mark it Active.

4. Reboot pc - you should boot straight into Dell recovery/restore program.
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21 Apr 2011   #3
RJ7887

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 

I wasn't able to understand anything past this: "If you have installed Vista on the C:\ drive, then you can simply boot up your system. Locate the file name factory.wim on the Factory Image partition. Make a note of the drive letter and path to that file."

on that link I posted.



I don't have a windows 7 disk handy any longer but I'm sure I could create a bootable USB.
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21 Apr 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You probably won't need it just now - but always handy to have - d/l one from here:

Windows 7 Recovery Disc

You should only need to do steps 1 to 4 in my post above - no dvd needed for that.
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21 Apr 2011   #5
RJ7887

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 

Giving it a shot now, I'll post the results in a second.
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21 Apr 2011   #6
RJ7887

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 

BOOTMGR is missing

I assume this means that the recovery partition doesn't work or was corrupted?
I'll bet I need that recovery disk now, haha.
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21 Apr 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is the Dell procedure for reinstallation: Restoring Your Computers Software to the Factory Settings | Dell
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21 Apr 2011   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, you do need the recovery disc - is there a boot.wim on the recovery partition?

You also need this:

DISMGUIx86x64.zip

and This:

GIMAGEX-X86-X64.zip

D/L the recovery disc iso - extract it to your HD with e.g. 7-zip.

run dismgui - browse to extracted iso\sources\boot.wim and mount it in any EMPTY folder

copy the correct bit version of Gimagex into mount folder\windows\system32

Click Unmount - com.

Put it on a flash drive - boot it up, after it finds window installation - click on it to highlight it and select NEXT - select command prompt - type GIMAGEX, then press enter.

Click the Apply tab - then for the source browse to the dell install.wim

for the destination - browse to your windows partition ( don't worry about drive letters -they are different seen from the boot media ).

Apply the image. Should only take a few minutes.


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21 Apr 2011   #9
RJ7887

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 

I just loaded a fresh copy of windows 7 on to the laptop. I had to relabel the recovery partition but it still is intact.
There is no boot.wim file on the recovery drive.
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21 Apr 2011   #10
RJ7887

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 

what if i can find a download for windows vista. Would loading that back on to the computer temporarily allow me to extract the factory.wim file?
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