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Cannot boot to Dell Recovery Partition

I know that my laptop has a recovery partition, but I can't boot to it. Ctrl + F11 does not work. Is there another way to restore using this partition?
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grayeCommented:
some people report better sucess at get the "magic keystrokes" to work after a cold boot (not a reboot)
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply graye, but that didn't work. Even pulled the battery and then boot, Ctrl + F11 doesn't do anything.
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jcimarronCommented:
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
jcimarron, I tried the link, but I do not get a Recovery Console option when I press F8. The link is for Vista, and I am running 7, I wonder if that is why the option isn't there?
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Jackie ManCommented:
Assuming that the Windows 7 factory image is located in the folder d:\dell\image\ , try the following:-

You need to start the computer with a WinPE CD (which has imagex tools) and run the following command in command prompt.

imagex /apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\

Then, use Bcdedit,exe commands below to configure the boot store.

Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:

Bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:

Bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

Finally, type exit at command prompt to restart computer and your computer will be brought back to the factory condition.

Source: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_26702221.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_26783095.html
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
@jcimarron - for some reasone, I don't have 'Repair your computer' in the Advanced Boot Options, and Ctrl+F11 doesn't work

@Jackieman - how do I get a WinPE CD?
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teomcamCommented:
Please make sure if you laptop's F11 key works without Fn!!! If so try Ctrl+Fn+F11
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teomcamCommented:
Sorry Ive forgotten to say, when you turn on the computer on, as soon as the Dell splash screen comes on, press and keep CTRL and F11 until the computer beeps at you. Then you can release them.
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
Sorry this has been idle for a while, I'm trying to find the time to build the WinPE CD.
@teomcam - no combination of Ctrl + Fn + F11 works.
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
Sorry everyone, haven't had the time to create the WinPE CD. Anyone willing to send me an ISO of the actual boot CD?
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Jackie ManCommented:
We cannot send the link for the ISO of win pe as it will violate EE rules.
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
@jackieman, finally got the CD created and the image applied! Thank you!!!
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cgelmAuthor Commented:
The directions jackieman gave AFTER i had created the WinPE CD were spot on, the trouble was creating the WinPE CD in the first place. Not an easily executed solution (not his/her fault), but it worked!
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Jackie ManCommented:
Glad to know that you have learnt how to burn a win pe cd.

Actually, my comment is from the lab exercise for win 7 certification and we spent three hours to learn the imgaex stuff under the instruction of a MCT.

Despite we got the notes for the lab, what we have mastered is not the skills but the concept behind the process.

Cheers!
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