Reinstalling Vista on Sony VAIO? HELP!!!

By preacher4him2007 ·
So my vaio recently went haywire buggy. Not really sure what was wrong: it allowed me to log in, it loaded systems and applications, then after about 4 minutes the screen would freeze (pointer still moved).

Now im trying to install Vista on my harddrive. The screen asks: Where do you want to install Windows? But nothing comes up. My harddrive will register through a usb connection though it won't allow an install that way, but it won't load when its in my computer.

As I am starting college soon I would love if my computer worked and would be most appreciative of whoever can help me out!

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You need to use the Recovery Partition on the HDD

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Reinstalling Vista on Son ...

Not a Windows Install Disc here.

Your problem is that the necessary Drivers for the HDD are not present on the Install Disc that you have chosen to use So you either need the Sony Recovery Disc or you'll need to make a Slipstreamed Install Disc and include the Necessary Drivers.

To make your own Slipstreamed Install Disc you can use vLite available here

Just be sure to read the User Destructions here though first.


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Try this as a last resort

by dleon63 In reply to Reinstalling Vista on Son ...

Re-start the computer and press the F8 key.
WARNING, though, there is a risk of data loss. All software applications, configurations and data added to the restored drive will be erased.
?If possible, before performing a recovery, go to the Sony eSupport Web site at and check your model-specific support page. Look for software and driver updates or check for knowledge base solutions that may help you solve your computer issue.
?Your model might not require recovery discs, though they can be created using recovery data included on a special partition of the hard drive.
?Do not interrupt the power during the recovery process.

Like I said this is as a last resort.

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