Re: Dell PC Restore by Symantec
The WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) is not always needed to get imagex to work. We listed it in an earlier post because some systems do not have imagex.exe in their recovery partitions. Dell includes it in the Recovery partition's Tools subdirectory. The best way to manually restore your system to it's as-shipped factory configuration would be to boot the system from a Vista DVD (32-bit or 64-bit depending upon which is installed on your system), go to the command prompt, navigate to the Tools directory of the recovery partition, and type the following command:
imagex /apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\
If you do not have a Vista DVD, you can download a Vista (32- or 64-bit) Recovery DVD ISO from here: http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit) Recovery DVD ISOs are also available on this site. Please note that these DVDs only give you the "recovery center" options of a Vista or Windows 7 DVD such as System Repair, System Restore and command prompts.
This is the site that Microsoft techs recommend for Vista Recovery DVD ISOs. Downloading them and creating bootable DVDs with an ISO burner such as Nero or Roxio is a lot simpler than using the WAIK to create such disks.
Hope this information helps you.