How to Get an OS Reloaded?

September 3, 2015 at 12:22:17
Specs: W7 Home
Okay, summary....
W7 preloaded Sony Vaio laptop, from Singapore here with me in the States.
Did W10 upgrade. No problem.
W10 registered itself after 2 hours. Good.
Created the W10 boot so I can do wipe and fresh install.
Booted off USB.
Drive got wiped but W10 failed to install.
Reloaded W7 from recovery partition. Tried again.
Drive got wiped but W10 failed to install. This time, it took out the recovery partition too.
Hours later, saw Sony posted for people NOT to upgrade these laptops.
I can not install 10. Recovery of 7 is gone. I tried XP install CD, but that BSOD after loading drivers.
I tried Ultimate Boot CD to at least repartition the drive, but nothing sees it.

I have no idea what I did to the drive.

Sony will charge me for a recovery CD, but not ship it to America because it is not a laptop distributed in America.

Any ideas on how to get an OS back on it? All my stuff runs off Windows.

Thank you.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months. Always busy.

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September 3, 2015 at 13:11:20
Do you still have/know the installation key for win-7?

Presuming so and it's likely an OEM as it came preloaded...; then "any" OEM win-7 disk will do but you use your OEM key. Just be sure to get the version that fits your key - i.e.if your original installation was 32bit then you need a 32 bit disk; and similarly re' 64bit.

Your key would usually be somewhere on the laptop, even inside the battery compartment (is a recent hiding place...). It "ought" to have OEM included within in its characters.

Incidentally M$ do give details on how to dual-boot win-10 with earlier versions of windows. They even provide a link to a free (I think) partition manager util/download with which to tweak/create some free space for wind-10 if there isn't a spare partition already around...

What is your exact Vaio model?

If your key is a Retail version then a Retail disk is required. One cannot mix 'n match the keys/disks... OEM with OEM, and Retail with Retail is the path.

Failing which there are legal downloads too - for most of the current OS - Xp and after. Don't have the links/references to hand just now but possibly others here will have them.

You may have to go to Sony support site for your model (try the USA and European sites as often best sources; similarly Australia?) and locate/download a few drivers as there may be one or two not included in the win-7 setup? Equally a google trawl for drivers for model and win-7 may cough them up. Avoid third-party sources and get the drivers from a Sony download source.

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September 3, 2015 at 16:49:51
It is OEM and the key is on the laptop. I just do not have any access to a W7 Home disk. Everyone with money has tablets while I deal with hand-me-downs.

I have tried their drivers but it gets me no where with 10, and XP just BSOD. Once when I did download their drivers from the website for W10, just the basic recognition of the drive seeing those drivers failed.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months. Always busy.

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September 3, 2015 at 19:15:55
If you have a valid key try to download from MS:

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September 4, 2015 at 00:13:19
UBCD probaby didn't work either because it's old and its partitioning utilities don't see SATA or you tried using the wrong one.

As already mentioned, download and install 7 using your existing key, and don't be in such a hurry to upgrade to an OS that as yet has no legs.

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