Monday, January 4, 2016

How to use Dell Recovery Partition Manually with IMAGEX Utility


Get imagex.exe...

   Option 1:
   Download Windows6.1-KB2525084-v2-x64.cab (232KB)
   The file is inside at: \imaging\imagex.exe
 
   Option 2:
   Download the WAIK from Microsoft (1.66GB)
   The file is inside at: \Neutral.cab\F1_imagex
   Copy it out and rename it to imagex.exe

Boot to something to where you can use imagex.exe with the following command:

   imagex.exe /ref c:\dell\image\factory*.wim /apply c:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 d:\

I had better luck formatting the system partition before applying the image.

If there is sufficient interest in this post, I may flesh it out with more info/instructions on setting up a boot method, etc. Until then, it's assumed people know what they are doing ;)

Props to Brian M.

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