Factory.wim without DVD drive

By ikesmasher
Aug 21, 2011
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  1. I have a dell inspiron 1525 with windows vista ultimate.
    Its...slightly beat up (thats a very, very, polite way of putting it)
    i want to restore it, but i dont have a DVD drive.
    I cant use the repair your PC function on vista bootup because it was deleted the last time i restored it (MBR or whatever was changed, im not really hip to THAT kind of stuff.)
    So I have factory.wim (D:\dell\Images\factory.wim) and imagex and PCrestore.exe on my recovery partition.
    I need some way to either boot PCrestore.exe outside of windows, OR run a 32 bit command prompt outside of windows...
    I was gonna use AIK, but i think thats a bootable DVD?
    I really need some help here, thanks in advance!
  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,525   +828

    OK guys. So I figured out the laptop can boot from a USB drive. Is there ANY type of 32bit environment i can boot from a flash drive? thanks!

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