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I am trying to reformat a Sony Vaio laptop I bought from a friend recently, but when I try to get my copy of Windows XP to boot from the CD, it refuses and goes into Windows Recovery Mode. Is there a more proper way of reformatting or is there something I'm missing.........I don't really know much about laptops....or reformatting......Or is a Sony Vaio just a pain to reformat?......I've tried disabling the hard drive to get it to boot from the CD, but it just sat there saying "operating system not found"....well duh......but then it gave me no options and I had to reboot. Any help would be appreciated.
You are right it should just spin up and start the install process. You do know that if you install XP on two machines MicroSoft will turn both installs off the first time you sign on the internet/ It is part of thier antipiracy efforts. You will be prompted to call a 1-800 number to aquire a new code. Just thought you should know. Windows 2000 was the last windows that did not monitor the number of install assigned to a COA. You could always go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download. It will allow you to partition and fromat your drive. I prefer Digital Dolly. It will load from the cd (if you can get the cd to boot) and need no OS to run.