Sony Vaio Windows XP restore


Covenant

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I've been given a non-booting Sony Vaio lappie. There's no cd drive or floppy but there should be a hidden partition with all the factory settings on the hard drive, and I'd like to restore Windows.
I'm being a bit lazy, cause I could remove the hard drive, make a bootable partition, copy the Windows files, and start the reload. but I believe there should be some keystrokes to set the restore process in motion when trying to boot the machine. Anyone have any ideas what the keystrokes may be?

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Ps Virtual pint to the 1st correct solution :)
 
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I believe the Vaio has a 'private' partition where the factory OS & program software is stored - but I'm not sure you can get access to it.


You normally have to run their 'Recovery Wizard' and burn recovery CD's and then use them when needed.
 
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Thanks for the reply.

I thought that lthe Sony (like a lot of other branded machines) had the partition from which you made the CD's but with no cd drive in the machine it's a bit difficult to boot up if Win isn't working. I guess it was originally a business laptop and everything was done through a network.

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