Broken lcd laptop - Need to perform system restore to sell

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-Z540. LCD is broken. Trying to do a system restore so I can sell it. I have an external monitor, but it won't register until in Windows. Any idea of how to accomplish this?

Fn+F8 does not work. Nor does keeping laptop closed and powering on (cannot power on like this).
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  1. Hello king98027;

    Did you try F10?

    Check and see if you can run the Sony Recovery option on bootup. It uses a hidden partition on your hard drive.
    How to Restore the Original Settings on a Computer Using the Hard Drive

    I think you should be able to create a set of system CD/DVD restore disks while in Windows and then boot the laptop from the optical drive.
    Otherwise I think this should help: How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One
  2. Is it not fn F7 to swap screens?
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