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Windows 7: No FACTORY IMAGE RESTORE choice! ?

28 Nov 2012   #21
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I'm having the same problem although I am able to boot windows 7 but want to reset to factory settings...
From the command line I can see the factory.wim but when I want to apply it via imagex it tells me imagex is not recognized

Any ideas on how to get imagex in the partition? (there is no tools directory)


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29 Nov 2012   #22
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Do you have a copy of imagex.exe?

Where did you put it?
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29 Nov 2012   #23
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Do you have a copy of imagex.exe?

Where did you put it?
No copy and no idea where it is ? It's an alienwareand I have previously used alienrespawn but after I removed my Linux partition it started to fail, I want to restore it to factory settings.

I'm thinking on booting hirens mini xp and using gimagexalso from hirens.
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29 Nov 2012   #24
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You could give that a go.
But with Hirens have you tried the MBR bypass and boot directly into the recovery partition. These options are at the end of the Hirens menu.
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29 Nov 2012   #25
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
You could give that a go.
But with Hirens have you tried the MBR bypass and boot directly into the recovery partition. These options are at the end of the Hirens menu.
That's a good plan, I'll give it a try tonight after work
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30 Nov 2012   #26
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Success

So got in to a fight last night with the computer... For some reason when I made the partition the primary active it couldnt boot...

I was able to reset to factory settings by doing the following:

  1. Booting Hirens Boot CD
  2. entering Mini XP mode
  3. Formatting the OS partition
  4. Opening the GImagex program from Hirens
  5. At GImagex used the apply section to expand the Factory.wim, check the date on the file to know if its the original(if you're doing this I would recommend checking you can see the Factory.wim file
  6. before formatting the OS, my path was d:\dell\images\Factory.wim)
    wait and enjoy a clean install with drivers already installed... took about 15minutes to expand (GImagex) and 30 to format
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30 Nov 2012   #27
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

BTW the dell folder in the recovery partition was hidden and all do I changed the properties to the folder and subfolders it would do nothing... I could see the file from the command prompt and with hirens
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28 Aug 2013   #28
Thomask

Windows 7 premium x64
 
 

Celam, could you kind of walk me through how exactly you did it your way? Sorry having some trouble following along. Thanks. I'm in the same boat.
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28 Aug 2013   #29
celamb89

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thomask View Post
Celam, could you kind of walk me through how exactly you did it your way? Sorry having some trouble following along. Thanks. I'm in the same boat.
What step did you get to? You'll the hirens boot cd or USB to boot to the win XP
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29 Aug 2013   #30
Thomask

Windows 7 premium x64
 
 

Ok so I formatted my C drive. That is what partition is refuting to. Then I went to Gimagex. In apply tab I put my factory.wim as source and my C drive as destination. Clicked apply and worked fine. Not quite sure what you mean by formatting it again for "30 min". Lol restoring is such a burden under the wrong circumstances.
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