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Need to restore Windows 7 Factory Image on Dell using Vista Recovery DVD

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November 8, 2013 8:29:07 AM

Hi guys, I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop that came with Windows 7 running on it. There is a Recovery partition on it as well. A while back, Windows wouldn't boot and I ended up installing Ubuntu 13.04 on the Windows Partition. Now I want to restore the laptop to Factory settings using the Recovery partition that has a Factory.Wim file on it.

The laptop did not come with a recovery cd. However, I have a working Vista Recovery DVD from an old laptop. I checked this link out : http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/vista/vistarecovery... , which shows how to restore to Factory settings using the Vista recovery DVD.

I have a couple of questions. Since my laptop originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium, can I use this method to restore? If so, after the restore, what OS do I end up with?

My hard drive is partitioned as follows:
1)Primary Bootable Partition - Ext4 - 305GB
2)Swap Area - 1GB
3)Recovery Partition - NTFS - 14.7GB
If you scroll to the bottom of the page on that link above, there is a command " imagex /apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\ ". The issue is that Vista Recovery DVD can't see my Ext4 partition, to which I currently intend to restore the factory image to (I tried opening Notepad thorugh the command prompt to try to locate the Ext4 partition), although eventually, I'd like to dual boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu. How should I go about this?

Just in case the Vista Recovery DVD cannot do the job, what would my other options be to perform the restore?

Any help is much appreciated.
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November 8, 2013 9:04:05 AM

One way to get dual OSs, is to use a Virtual machine.
Once you get Win 7 running, then you can install the VM, and as many OSs as you want.
I have Win XP-32 running on my Win 7-64 machine that way. I just might install DOS 5.0 to it for grins and giggles.

I used Oracle Virtualbox to do it. Very easy installation, and it's a free open source program.
https://www.virtualbox.org/
Pages 16-23 give you the meat of installing it.
http://dlc.sun.com.edgesuite.net/virtualbox/4.3.2/UserM...

I tried the Microsoft version first, but gave up on it. Then I found out they stopped developing it.
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