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Recovery install

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#1 tsloa1980


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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:49 PM


A friend has given me a laptop to fix it was previously loaded with viruses and gave it to me to try and fix it. It wouldnt boot into safe mode and many other problems so I tried to do a factory installation so when I did this it went through the whole process so after copying all the files to the C: and when it was staring up it gave a message, installation failed please restart to install again I tried it several times and once it said there was a file missing which I didnt get a chance to write it down as it had gone off it already.

I installed a copy of my own windows vista cd iwthout entering the code coz I dont have it but it installed ok and working fine only with the basic vista desktop.

I just want to know is there a way I can access the recovery partition on the hard drive through this new install to bring back the Original Sony Vaio Windows Vista?

Is there something I could install or do to have a complete proper installation without errors?

I dont have a recovery disc and i suspect that the recovery image was corrupted by a virus!

Many thanks if you could help

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:10 PM

To me...you are asking "can I fix this" when you don't have any idea what needs fixing...and you don't have the tools to fix it, anyway :).

If it were me, I'd wipe it, do a clean install and go forward...after I had properly run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic.

Whatever restore-to-defaults was intended for user-employment by Sony...I'm sure that it relied upon a hidden partition and/or the disks that were never made.

Vendors like the following might be the best approach, http://www.gennersales.co.uk/reimagevista/sonyvaiovgn-nr21zvistarecovery.htm , especially if user is tied to Vista/installed apps and does not backup. I myself would never go that route, but there's (obviously) quite a market for these vendors selling recovery CDs that system manufacturers no longer supply.


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