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Reinstall Windows

by nate49ers2005 / May 24, 2006 9:10 AM PDT


I have a 3 year old Sony Vaio, running Windows XP SP2, and I would like to erase and repartition my hard disk, and reinstall windows. However, this computer came with Windows XP already installed, and Sony did not include a Windows XP disk or a restore disk with the computer. I do have what I think is the serial number for Windows XP
(from My Computer > Properties). Is there any way to do this?

Thank you in advance for any help.


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Double check the manual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2006 10:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Reinstall Windows

When a restore cd is not provided, I usually find they offer to make such. Check the manuals on how.

-> Run BELARC ADVISOR and print it out so you have the current serial numbers.

BEWARE that such customizing (partitions and such) is not advised on the Sony unless you hunt down all the needed drivers and have a full retail package of XP. Still it's usually a few day process for most.


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Hi there
by rosscbrown / May 24, 2006 3:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Reinstall Windows

have you tried pressing F12 on the bios boot screen (before it goes to load windows).

My VAIO has all the recovery files tucked away on a hidden part of the hard disk (partition) and when I press the F12 key on boot, it brings me into a VAIO restore mode.

If that does not work try pressing some of the other F keys on that boot screen.

And if you are still not anywhere, try asking at your local Sony Center if they have any recovery media, but be warned they could charge you between $50 and $100 for it.

Also, your Windows key should be on the OEM sticker on the side or read of the computer or underside of the notebook if it is a notebook.

Hope that helps. Best of Luck.


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Disk problem solved, now have overflow problem
by nate49ers2005 / May 26, 2006 9:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi there

I was able to find a set of Vaio recovery disks. The restorer gets to the end of what seems to be an arbitrary disk (it stopped and the end of 1, it stopped once at the end of 3), and then has an internal overflow error. The restorer says to edit the number of stacks in the config.sys file, but the restorer erases the C drive when it starts. How should I proceed?

Thank you again,

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