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Windows 7: Restoring Windows 7 from Windows 8 Developer Preview

24 Jan 2012   #21

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What if I merged the partition with c:/ ... could I then copy it and make it bootable?

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24 Jan 2012   #22

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should be able to access the contents of the recovery partition.


First make sure it has a partition id windows can see - you have done that.

Second make sure it has a drive letter.

Third, if it is hidden, unhide it - I think partition wizard has an unhide function - don't know how good that is tho.

Paragon products seem to be able to recognize and unhide just about anything - but I don't think their free versions do that.

Try with PW first - if not, I may have another suggestion you can use.
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25 Jan 2012   #23

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, It said it wasn't hidden inside of partition wizard - partition wizard will let me view the contents of the recovery partition, windows explorer will not.

I tried paragon trail, but it says 'unknown operating system'

How dangerous is it to merge the recovery partition with C: ?
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25 Jan 2012   #24

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I think if you make the Recovery partition active instead of the Win 7/8 partition then reboot, the recovery process will load. At least this worked for me on a Sony VAIO recently.

I made a backup image of the recovery partition. Replaced the hard drive then restored the recovery image to the new hard drive and made it active. When I rebooted the recovey process started and restored the computer to factory state.

I don't remember if I had to assign a drive letter to the recovery partition before I could make it active or not. Greg, have you tried this?

Worth a try.
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25 Jan 2012   #25
Microsoft MVP

 

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

No harm to try: Partition - Mark as Active.

You might have to give it a letter: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

I'd try again with the hotkey if it doesn't boot into it outright.
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25 Jan 2012   #26

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Merging is not a particularly dangerous operation - it is the kind of thing partition managers do all the time.

Not sure what you hope to achieve by doing that.

Given that your aim is to run the factory restore process.

The Dell program inside the bootable.wim will be expecting install.wim to be in a predefined place.

If it somewhere different - i.e. on a different partition - it may not be able to locate it.

As it is your "C" partition you want to overwrite with the restore image - how are you going to do that if the restore image is also on "C".


As you cannot access the .wim from windows explorer - then it must be hidden from windows explorer in some way.

Have a look with this and see if it throws any light on the matter.


Click the Parts Manage Tab, then highlight the recov partition

Attachment 194953


Also, please post a screenshot of windows disk management - we are working blind here.
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25 Jan 2012   #27

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That is always the first thing to try.

Didn't someone already suggest it on this thread ? - it appears not - that's what I get for not reading the thread thoroughly.

LOL


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I think if you make the Recovery partition active instead of the Win 7/8 partition then reboot, the recovery process will load. At least this worked for me on a Sony VAIO recently.

I made a backup image of the recovery partition. Replaced the hard drive then restored the recovery image to the new hard drive and made it active. When I rebooted the recovey process started and restored the computer to factory state.

I don't remember if I had to assign a drive letter to the recovery partition before I could make it active or not. Greg, have you tried this?

Worth a try.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #28
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, I suggested it two days ago. I learned it from you Si years ago.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It likely is only a hidden file, not a System file. Did you uncheck Hidden files?

You can try to restore Recovery to the F8 menu: Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link

You can also try marking the Recovery partition Active to see if it will boot itself: Partition - Mark as Active

Otherwise you can order Factory Recovery disks from Dell, or use a Windows 7 retail installer to get a superior Clean Reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker if you will answer my questions asked.
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25 Jan 2012   #29

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, we may be getting somewhere, I was able to find the factory.wim, and factory2.wim files by navigating to recovery>dell>image - though it appear they were hidden, it shows them when I type the location manually.

What should I do with those files now?
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25 Jan 2012   #30

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Here is the screenshot

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How do I make that drive bootable?


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