How to restore 2002 Sony Vaio

September 12, 2015 at 20:09:14
Specs: Windows XP
how can I restore my 2002 Sony Vaio to factory setting without any discs? Does it have some kind of built in recovery?

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September 12, 2015 at 23:05:44
You'd need to check the manual for your specific model but likely there is no restore partition from which you can do a factory reset.

You can check in windows system restore to see how far back you can go using restore points. Or just a good cleaning--uninstalling software you don't need, deleting other files accumulated along the way and running some malware scans--may be enough. I guess a lot depends on the reason you want it done.

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September 13, 2015 at 01:02:42
you could purchase a copy of XP: I have recently stumbled across sites that still sell it. (The problem with XP is that it is no longer supported.) Another option is to give Linux a try due to the age of the computer. Linux Mint is a good distro for beginners. Or you may want to look into a new computer.

Don C

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September 13, 2015 at 04:44:26
Also... be aware that a factory restore will erase "all" your personal files in the process.. So if there's anything you'd like to preserve/save then do so first - i.e. before you do any factory restore routine.

Copy those precious files to DVD at least; and if possible an external hard drive too is nice(r). Check the copies are accessible too on the system as is, and also on another working system (if possible). Then (having labeled them) put them somewhere safe...

Develop the habit/practice of regularly safeguarding/copying your files to external storage; just incase something goes awry with whichever computer you happen to be using at any time... That way your files are safe elsewhere.

As above - the actual model of your Vaio would be useful to know; as that pholks here can possibly advise more fully...?

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September 13, 2015 at 20:09:10
There are (were?) sites where you could download XP and then use the product key on the COA sticker that usually is on your computer to do an install. I haven't got any links but you may be able to find one.

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