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One way to Restoter Vista from a hidden partition

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#1 TheHive


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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:42 AM

Original Question:

Here is how I restored Vista on a NEC laptop from the hidden partition.

I copied image.wim and image2.wim from the hidden partition using Ubuntu 7.10 live CD to a newly created part ion "D".

Then copied imagex.exe and associated files from Microsoft to the same D partition.

Booted using vista DVD and selected repair command prompt option.
Then I typed:

format c:/fs:ntfs /q
imagex /apply D:image.wim 1 c: /ref D:image2.wim

#2 Moon Goon

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:32 PM

This is slightly off-topic but..

If Vista images can be straight out copied like this then the boot loader must be fairly universal. I heard that parts of the XP bootstrap are dependant/contain info on the HDD geometry. Not sure if that's in ntldr or NTDETECT or whatever. It's been a pain in the neck for imaging. Reisntall methods like this (via the more universal Vista loader) bode well for the future.

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