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replacing hard drive but no vista disc on pre-installed laptop
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Posted September 8, 2011 at 7:46PM
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.
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Posted September 8, 2011 at 8:22PM
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: http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/m...200%2034432948
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Posted September 8, 2011 at 8:38PM
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.
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