I want to Restore Windows 7 to HDD without re-partitioning the Hard-Drive. I have a HP Dv6 6115tx laptop. I have upgraded it to 8GB ram and Windows 7 Ultimate (anytime-upgrade). When I restore my laptop using the Recovery disk provided by HP, it also repartition the Hard Drive, I don't want this to happen, I want that the ability to restore just the Windows to a specific Partition.
I can not install a fresh copy of Windows 7 as it does not contain any driver that is needed. I need to install all the drivers with their software later, and sometimes they create problems and is a headache to install them, I have tried this earlier.
Also if possible, Convert the recovery to VHD so that I can restore it via other tools also. For any other info, please comment. Windows "dir" dump for the Recovery disk can be found here.
I have tried modding (and a bit hacking) the winPE and found some wired things, Firstly the "Rita-Tool", that is a folder that contains "HPrecovery.exe" this file is launched at the start of winPE (I go this info inside a file "WinREConfig.xml", file available here on Pastebin). Secondly, the "WinRe.wim" file contains another sources folder inside it, this folder contains the dism tool also. Another thing, that the file ("Start_process.cmd") that starts HPrecovery.exe says "...Couldn't perform screening ..." when on inside windows so possibly "data.bin" is not the drive image instead its the complete Hard-Disk image that contains the Partitions, HPrecovery just Restores it. I have found "image.exe" in the same "Rita-Tool" folder, that possibly restores it. One last thing, the Recovery does not work on any other system.
Any help is appreciated.