I am running Windows 7 on my laptop. My laptop is less than 4 months old. I turned it off one night and the next day when I turned it back on, it would not start up windows. I did the Alt-F10 to restore to factory settings. The restore process got to 74% then I got the Error Code 0x45d. I set the bios to boot from disc and put the installation disc in, but it will not restore. What is this error code and how can I fix it?
I had the same problem as the original poster, but I have already wiped my hard drive through the alt+F10 method. It made it through copying from the back up disc and all the way to the restoring system part, then stopped and gave me the error message. I'll quote the exact Notice:
Restore failed - Error code=0x45d (WIMApplyImage cannot apply image : The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.) Restore unsuccessful. Please try Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults instead.