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Sony vaio laptop recovery disk

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November 15, 2013 8:18:47 AM

My vaio recovery disk is faulty and pressing at boot f10 no vaio menu coming up, I can see a hidden partition. How can I restore my laptop to factory settings please?
November 15, 2013 8:22:34 AM

I have a vaio vpceb33fm whats your model number? Do you have windows 7 installed? will it not boot to windows 7 off of HDD?
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November 15, 2013 8:35:07 AM

Mine is VPCEB2L9E with Windows 7 Pro after failing recover it from the recovery CD (scratched) I have just installed Win7 Pro and now there is no vaio recovery menu coming up
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November 16, 2013 3:12:40 AM

I have tried the ASSIST button while its off, buy only the windows started and no recovery menu.
May be my recovery partition is corrupted?
I have installed the factory pre installed drivers from the sony website and tried to write a recovery disk but no success.
Only option now is to order a recovery disk from sony which will cost.
Isn't there any other way please?
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November 21, 2013 10:52:45 AM

Could be that your recover partition is damaged (as you alluded to). Or worse, your hard drive is defective.

How long has it been used?

In the end, you may need to contact Sony support. There's not much else they can/will do other than sell you recovery media.
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November 21, 2013 12:32:02 PM

With my laptop I used there recovery software and afterwards it made it impossible to boot into safe mode and also would not install certain windows security updates. The Sony Vaio Recovery software is junk. Its always better to if possible reinstall windows completely with either a new copy or a windows install disk and download the drivers.
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December 4, 2013 3:31:34 PM

colmon said:
My vaio recovery disk is faulty and pressing at boot f10 no vaio menu coming up, I can see a hidden partition. How can I restore my laptop to factory settings please?


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December 4, 2013 3:33:53 PM

U must turn off your computer first, and then press "ASSIST" key for 5 seconds. After that you have to click on the vaio wizard ... And follow the directions! Hope it will help u to get factory setting
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January 15, 2014 3:23:56 PM

I wrestled with this Sony Vaio laptop now for 3 days trying to install several versions of Windows from USB and from DVD and I couldn't even reformat c: drive since Sony has a different configuration. I FINALLY read your response about the mysterious 'ASSIST' button and it's all good now. I was afraid I was going to have to get it to boot to command prompt and then play with diskpart commands etc. to find the recovery area. Thank god I didn't. Since it is my wife's laptop I was not familiar with it since I've never owned a Sony. Thank you very much!!
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January 16, 2014 10:43:59 AM

The only thing that should be a brick wall in a full Windows install is OEM keys. Other than that you SHOULD be able to at least reformat the OS partition - no command line necessary. :)  But it's good the Recovery button got you back in business.
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