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Question how to clone factory default image os on external ssd?

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im having problems restoring Windows 10 on my dell laptop so here it goes :

My dell laptop screen is broken so im using an external monitor(hdmi) to use the laptop for daily gaming and etc and I tried to update to my laptop's gpu driver and i came upon this thread to use DDU to completely wipe the gpu drivers whole print in my laptop's OS (which is incredibly stupid on my part)..

I cannot boot to the OS now, also my 2nd monitor is not detecting it anymore , Im trying to reinstall the factory installed OS (since the gpu driver is already installed to the OS) from the dell site called "Dell USB recovery media tool"

The problem that I see is that once I created a recovery media usb , I need to boot it up to the laptop( screen is dead broken)

Is there any way to burn the factory default OS directly to the SSD without using the recovery media tool?
 
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Is there any way to burn the factory default OS directly to the SSD without using the recovery media tool?
If you can connect the laptop disk to a desktop pc then yes but if the factory OS isn't configured to clone the display to the second output you will end up in the same position you are already at.

You can use imagex to transfer the installation.wim from a installation usb/dvd to a hdd/sdd so that the installation will be done on the target system.

All you need is imagex, you can download gigabytes of stuff from MS to get it,or you can search for imagex alone on the web,gimagex is a graphical interface version which might be easier for you.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744531(v=ws.10).aspx
The only command needed is this one.
(Of course you'll have to make sure that the drive has an active and bootable partition)
imagex /apply N:\Images\my-windows-partition.wim 1 W:\

All you have to do is change the drive letters, if your dvd or mounted iso is D:
and the target hdd/ssd is E:
you use
imagex /apply D:\sources\install.wim 1 E:
Make triple sure that you use the proper drive letter for the target, all data on that disk will be destroyed.
type cmd on the search bar and run command
the 1 at the end tells it which list item to use.
If the factory OS has multiple versions you can use
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:F:\x86\sources\install.esd /index:1(2-3... )
to see which is which.
Make a folder with all the drivers on the disk so they will be available to windows after its booted up and your done.

As stated first make sure to make the drive primary and active so that it will start up when you put it into the other system.
 
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If you can connect the laptop disk to a desktop pc then yes but if the factory OS isn't configured to clone the display to the second output you will end up in the same position you are already at.

You can use imagex to transfer the installation.wim from a installation usb/dvd to a hdd/sdd so that the installation will be done on the target system.

All you need is imagex, you can download gigabytes of stuff from MS to get it,or you can search for imagex alone on the web,gimagex is a graphical interface version which might be easier for you.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744531(v=ws.10).aspx
The only command needed is this one.
(Of course you'll have to make sure that the drive has an active and bootable partition)
imagex /apply N:\Images\my-windows-partition.wim 1 W:\

All you have to do is change the drive letters, if your dvd or mounted iso is D:
and the target hdd/ssd is E:
you use
imagex /apply D:\sources\install.wim 1 E:
Make triple sure that you use the proper drive letter for the target, all data on that disk will be destroyed.
type cmd on the search bar and run command
the 1 at the end tells it which list item to use.
If the factory OS has multiple versions you can use
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:F:\x86\sources\install.esd /index:1(2-3... )
to see which is which.
Make a folder with all the drivers on the disk so they will be available to windows after its booted up and your done.

As stated first make sure to make the drive primary and active so that it will start up when you put it into the other system.

i have bought an ORICO m.2 enclosure for the ssd so I can install is in there.
although I dont understand some of the instructions you told me. I like to say thank you for the advice. o7
 

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