[QUOTE=macnavarra;2624481]Preparation of hard disk
The disk drive must be partitioned into two. Consider a partition of about 3.5GO, at beginning of the disk, so that this partition can contain all the files from the DVD and one for the system partition.
Once the partitions of 3 to 4 GB are created, simply just copy the entire DVD on this partition, and make this partition bootable.
Prepare of the partition to make it bootable
Open the command prompt and run this :
bootsect /nt60 X:
(x being your partition)
A message “boot code was successfully updated on all targeted volumes” should appear.
Then check that the partition is marked “active” in disk management.
If necessary, right click on the partition and mark partition as “active”.
Now mount the HDD in the PC and boot. â€¢The PC will automatically launch the installer from the partition and add an entry “Windows setup” in the entries in bcd. (so no need to use third party software to edit the boot entries)
â€¢Everything is done automatically!
â€¢You now have a PC with a recovery partition that lets you reinstall new Windows 7 in case of problems
This won’t work if you replace the HDD sorry to say…Might have to say it again but this is for a wipe of the HDd and not a repartition of the HDD if the HDD evers goes bad or is replaced. Just like if the premade computer goes bad you change the HDD and restore the factory image back onto the computer to get it going again. Repartition won’t work for what I am trying to find out if I can recreate a factory Restore disc like what you get when you order Restore disc for Gateway, Dell, HP to restore to factory settings. That is what I am trying to figure out a way to do but for standalone installation not from image but a bootable cd/dvd that doesn’t have software I owned but their own O/S and drivers and their own software that once restored will be up and running.