Without any partitions or that can trip up the install (of Windows XP to 10.)
XP does indeed BSOD today. It's very hard to install for most folk. Even I no longer write how. But it's on the web so there's that. But so few can do this with the 6 or so floppy disks required. It's dead Jim.
Got a Sony Viao with W7 Home on it (protect vpcek26fg, model pcg-61b11w). I have tried to do a clean install of W10. First I upgraded the OS, which went okay, so it can be activated.
I downloaded this tool http://www.intowindows.com/download-...rom-microsoft/ and downloaded the W10 ISO. Burned the ISO. Changed BIOS to boot from USB. I get to do these options like this guy on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQq-iGL_3P8 does but when it gets to formatting, mine will not go further.
After the format, clicking next gives me the error:
Error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."
I tried deleting it and making it new, but still no go. I fiddled a bit but got no results. I was able to get into the recovery partition to reload 7. So, I tried again but no go. Then I tried:
Type LIST DISK and identify your SSD disk number (from 0 to n disks).
Type SELECT DISK <n> where <n> is your SSD disk number.
Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
Type EXIT twice (one to get out of DiskPart, the other to exit the command line tool)
Still, same error on the drive.
Twice in the past couple of months "fsck/r/f" have been run. It did fix some errors, OS related, and bad sectors (so there are a few lingering). It re-loads 7 fine, but wiping out the drive has this setback.
BIOS has nothing about UEFI or EFI, etc. There is nothing in BIOS for legacy or standard. There is nothing in BIOS doing anything to the hard drive but its boot order.
But then, have found that after doing the procedure above again, the recovery partitions are gone. So therefore, no more reloading W7 again. All I can do now is find a way to boot install W10. I tried the default hard drive drivers but no go. I read some articles that Sony's hard drives can not handle W10?? I found this out originally the day after I did the upgrade. Trying to figure what to do with an empty laptop now. I tried to reload from one of my XP CDs, no go. Failed. It is an empty partition at this point and will not allow itself to take XP or 10 (which was registered) and the W7 recovery options are wiped. Sony wants money (which I not have) for a reload disk (and they assume it "will work").
I have tried the Ultimate Boot CD, via USB, and it can not even detect the hard drive in there to re-partition.
I connected an external CD drive to try and load XP Pro SP3 slipstream CD I made ages ago. It started to load and sees a hard drive of 350G, but then crashes with BSOD.
At the moment, I got a nonworking laptop!
I keep trying to find a way to get some sort of Windows on it. All I have are my floppies of 3.1 and 95. XP Pro CD, Vista Upgrade, and the W10 Home files after the laptop was registered with it on install.