Thanks for the replies.
Just so that we're on the same page...the image that I captured is of my optimised windows installation with applications and updates installed. I want to place this image on a recovery partition and be able to 'reset' the PC to this image at anytime from WinRE.
Do I need to assign a bootkey for this? Can I not access this from the Repair option on the advanced startup menu?
I'm getting very confused about this. On looking at a Microsoft Deployment Labs document, I'm not sure if it's written incorrectly, but it talks about putting the winre.wim on the system partition and not the recovery partition? Although this is for a setup install which is not what I'm doing, although it also says it doesn't really matter where the winre.wim is placed once you configure the path to it.
I had been following instructs that you apply your image to c: and afterwards copy winre.wim from c:Windows\System32\Recovery\ - how is this possible if it's only in this location on the install DVD? Might I be using the wrong guide for my application?