replacing hard drive but no vista disc on pre-installed laptop

  seezed 19:46 PM 08 Sep 11


I've a Sony Vaio laptop thats around 2 yrs old and the hard drive is continually crashing on boot up. Despite weekly setting restore points system restore says it has no restore points. I'm guessing I've some kind of virus/trojan but as this is causing problems with my work I'd like to replace the hard drive and start afresh. I don't want to spend extra on a new OS but the laptop I have came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed and but without the disc. My question is how do I go about installing Vista without a disc and will the Vista serial number secured to my laptop still be valid?

Thanks for your time.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:22 PM 08 Sep 11

First try a factory reset

get all you data off the machine then:


When the VAIO logo appears on the computer's screen, briefly press the F10 key on the computer keyboard. The VAIO Recovery Wizard appears.

follow the prompts to reset

Other options here:

  rdave13 20:38 PM 08 Sep 11

With any laptop, when new, first thing is to copy, to a proper notebook, the Windows key which is usually on a sticker underneath the laptop. Conveniently placed to wear out.

Secondly, once up and running, is to create the recovery discs and, I'm sure, Sony had a backup manager nagging you to do so when the laptop was new.

If your hard drive is failing try to create the backup discs in safe mode if you have to. Once the drive dies, if it is failing, then you have two choices. Buy an OEM version of Vista and a new hard drive, or see if you can download a Vista ISO file, using a search engine, use your own key, and buy a new hard drive.


This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Best Cyber Monday deals 2015 live blog: Best UK Black Friday weekend deals & best UK Cyber Monday…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

The best Black Friday Deals for designers and artists – updated

20 Mac Power User Tricks... That You Didn't Know