Invisible WIM file


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Hi. I am trying to restore a laptop with the DISM command and the WIM file. The WIM file is located in the recovery partition. When Windows 10 is up and running, it shows that partition and the files in it. But when I boot with an install disk and use Troubleshoot and the command prompt, that partition is not visible. So I copied the WIM file to the USB stick, and at boot it is still not visible. Why does the system not show it? How else can I apply the image? It doesn't work from within windows and the command prompt; it stalls at 1% and says file in use. Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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Hi gallicbear,

have you simply tried resetting the laptop using advanced options?,

See from "If you can't boot Windows 10" here:

https://www.windows10forums.com/articles/advanced-startup-options.38/

have you considered upgrading and select to keep files?:

https://www.windows10forums.com/threads/re-install-w10-and-keep-your-files-app-data-intact.15825/

Do you have the latest version of W10?:

https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209 :)

See also:

https://www.windows10forums.com/threads/how-to-upgrade-windows-10-to-the-latest-version.13015/#post-81992

I hope it helps. :)
 
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The WIM file is located in the recovery partition.
The Winre.wim file is in a recovery partition but will not install as a full image might.

If you have a Win 10 recovery drive, you would already have the OS image. The recovery drive could restore you system.

Newer Win 10 systems no longer use the factory image for restoring a system.
 

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