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Windows 7: Anyways to convert WIM to ISO

02 Aug 2011   #21

Windows Vista 32bit
Hard Drive Failed - can still see Recovery Partition

Hi Guys

Right, ive got a predicament.....

Hard Drive is knackered, however the partition (E RECOVERY) section is visible. On the partition is the recovery.wim file.

How is the best way to recover to a new hard drive with my OS?

I have a windows vista installation file but it doesnt come with all the dell drivers, dell applications and the serial key it says is invalid (From an old Acer machine).

So I then thought about recovering from win using command prompt in repair windows tool.......

The installation is now on the hard drive but I get a NTDLR is missing error message.

Im struggling to get this up and running and wondered whats the best way? Can I convert the wim file to a bootable installation ISO?

Any help in advance I really would appreciate!!


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02 Aug 2011   #22

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi JR,

Yes there is a way of doing that, as long as the HD containing the wim is functioning .

Got to go now - will have a look at it later tonight.
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02 Aug 2011   #23

Windows Vista 32bit

Yeah, I can get to the partition for Recovery fine.........the actual C:\ is chaffing shageroooood!! When plugging into another laptop it asks if I want to format it

So ive took a backup copy of the E:\ on an external drive just in case.
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02 Aug 2011   #24
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello JR81, welcome to Seven Forums!

Here's another different direction you may want to consider, have a look at the information in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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02 Aug 2011   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You shouldn't need to make an iso.

I always install directly from a wim.

If you have an install.wim - might be called factory.wim or something similar , depending on the oem - you should be fine to use that.

If you have access to a working windows 7 machine, I can post something up that will make a little boot disc for you.

Boot that up, start the included nt6 installer - point it at the wim, tell it where you want it to install to - it does the rest.
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