How to install Factory.wim

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  1. Posts : 9
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    How to install Factory.wim


    Hello guys ,i have a old dell xps 8100 i brought decade ago this is my intertainment pc i called myself trying to install the factory.wim , i tried diffrent methods including renaming the factory.wim to install.wim and add it to windows install ,it installed but wouldn't boot up i then tried winpe and apply the image also wouldn't boot up . So i ask if anyone no how i did search the forum but wasnt able to find or understand the procedure i dont have a disk i did but through out the years can seem too find it if anyone knows i appreciate the help hell ill even go remote assistance if possible. Thanks
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  2. Posts : 15,583
    7 X64
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    You need to check if there is more than one image in factory.wim

    Select the largest image to install. If I remember correctly, it is the second image in factory.wim . But it will be very old, it might not even include Service Pack 1.

    It is probably better to use the more recent Dell media for your pc. The dell media is a very big download about 7gb because it is multilanguage.

    G13K9_PW4KGA00_W7SP1PRO64_ROW(DL).iso

    It is probably best to extract the .iso file to a usb stick using this Usb7ice.zip
    Last edited by SIW2; 09 Aug 2022 at 15:43.
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  3. Posts : 9
    windows 7 home premium 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thankyou for you quick reply ,but I have windows 7 home premium if I update to a different is version the sound won't be the same thats why i want to restore to factory this pc came with THX pro studio and a pacific Realtek drive that only works on this pc i in fact kept it so long i have a dell xps 8930 which dont sound like 8100 i was able to make another drive and apply the image it boots but how do i get rid of the other os and update bcb
    SIW2 said:
    You need to check if there is more than one image in factory.wim

    Select the largest image to install. If I remember correctly, it is the second image in factory.wim . But it will be very old, it might not even include Service Pack 1.

    It is probably better to use the more recent Dell media for your pc. The dell media is a very big download about 7gb because it is multilanguage.

    G13K9_PW4KGA00_W7SP1PRO64_ROW(DL).iso
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  4. Posts : 15,583
    7 X64
       #4

    i was able to make another drive and apply the image it boots
    did I remember correctly that the largest one is image 2 in factory.wim ?



    how do i get rid of the other os
    post a screenshot of disk management window
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  5. Posts : 9
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ok give me a second

    SIW2 said:
    did I remember correctly that the largest one is image 2 in factory.wim ?





    post a screenshot of disk management window
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  6. Posts : 15,583
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    You are booted into disk0 partition 2.

    Is that the new one you just created from the factory.wim?
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  7. Posts : 9
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    Thread Starter
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    Thats correct I'm trying to reverse that though
    SIW2 said:
    You are booted into disk0 partition 2.

    Is that the new one you just created from the factory.wim?
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  8. Posts : 15,583
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    Do you need anything that is on disk0 partition 1 ?

    If you are sure you dont need anything on partition 1, you could clone or migrate the os on partition2 to where partition1 is .
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  9. Posts : 9
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    No I don't need anything on partion 1 at all please tell me how to do that
    SIW2 said:
    Do you need anything that is on disk0 partition 1 ?

    If you are sure you dont need anything on partition 1, you could clone or migrate the os on partition2 to where partition1 is .
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  10. Posts : 15,583
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    Many 3rd pary imaging or partition tools can do it.

    for example you could use free edition of aomei partition assistant . From memory, i think you would need to delete partition 1 to create unallocated space first, then clone partition2 into the unallocated space.

    After you have done the clone , create a little text on desktop and name it something like this-is-partition2.txt

    So when you try booting into the cloned partitition you will know which desktop has been loaded.
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