Success! (well, half)
I was finally able to install winRE and have it bootable from the F8 menu. ("Recover your computer")
The problem seems to have been the "hidden" Dell partition (type DE) which is the Dell Uitlity that I wanted to have also on my drive. It seems that SetAutoFailOver.cmd doesn't recogonize it and thus when running the script I was indicating that winRE is installed on the 2nd partition. The script always ran successfully, however it never worked when booting from the F8 menu.
So when I decided to run winRE (wim install) from "C:" drive and simply run the script as:
setautofailover.cmd /target c: /wim /nohide <enter> it worked.
The winre.wim is sort of unpacked in memory. Also it's not a good idea to have the recovery option running on the same drive (partition) you're planning to repair.
I tried installing winre via imagex on E: and run the script as:
setautofailover.cmd /target e: /nohide <enter> - it worked!
The problem. Since I wanted to have four partition:
Dell Utility (DE) - 50MB - Hidden
RECOVERY (07h) - 10GB
OS_Install (07h) - 50GB
Data (07h) - 690GB
I always ran the script as:
setautofailover.cmd /target e: /partition 2 /nohide <enter>
It never worked as it wouldn't see the DE partition and thus it wouldn't count it. So it was trying to boot from the OS partition. Of course it wouldn't work.
This is for the benefit of anyone looking to do this, the only thing to keep in mind is to have the RECOVERY partiton (winRE) installed before the OS partition and keep in mind that any hidden partitions before the RECOVERY partition are apparently ignored.
For full instructions go:
= Windows recovery environment --> HERE
- Windows RE notes blog --> HERE
- Windows PE Walkthroughs --> HERE
- Inside the Dell Utility Partition --> HERE
My problem now is that I do have the Dell recovery files* (thanks redjoy!), however while PCrestore.exe shows up on the WinRE recovery menu (as Dell factory image install) when chosen nothings happens. Even if I run it via the DOS command, it won't run. I does run from windows however. If anyone has any idea as to why this could be please let me know. I think that the PCrestore.exe program has some sort of signature to the hard drive or the PC that it was initially installed in and if it doesn't match it won't do anything when ran. For now I'm happy!
*Files where compared and found to be correct and the exact same size as well as the supporting files from another source. The files are located in the "tools" folder of a Dell machine with Vista installed in the Recovery partition. Also, the winreconfig.xml found in the "sources/recovery/tools" folder was exactly the same.
Thanks redjoy for all your help!