reinstall xp, no cd/dvd drive

Sony Vaio vgn-nw240f/s notebook
January 19, 2010 at 12:59:55
Specs: Windows XP
My vaio laptop is corrupted and i want to reinstall xp.
My problem is the cd/dvd drive doesn't work so I can't boot from that drive.
Also you can't boot from external drives with vaios.
I've tried running the xp disk from an external drive and from the hard drive but in both cases it won't run because "the version of xp on the PC is newer than the one on the disk"
Please can any one help?

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January 19, 2010 at 13:15:19
So, you can get into Windows then?

Just perform a factory restore. Watch the screens at startup to learn what keystroke/s to use to get the hidden partition to restore to factory condition. Keep in mind this will erase everything on the drive. All your personal files, emails, etc, and all programs you installed will be gone for good.

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January 19, 2010 at 13:34:00
thanks, yes i can get into safe mode for a variable time before it crashes.
Does the factory restore leave windows xp on there or will that be gone too?

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January 19, 2010 at 13:36:03
Your laptop may be overheating. Google for instructions on how to clean.

Do you know how to enter the BIOS (setup) screens? If so, go there at the boot up and look at the system temperatures there.

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January 19, 2010 at 15:03:42
There are a few types of restores.

One is the windows restore point. It is a way to make your computer go back a few days or weeks and all will be as it was then. If you can boot to safe mode you ought to a least try this first.

The other is a way to boot to windows or even your sony application. It can make XP like it was new but leave all software and data there but you have to re-install over to get it to work. You have to be careful on how to do it. XP is goofy on the repair. See this link for example.

There is a restore or recovery that can make your computer as it was when it was new. All data may be destroyed unless Sony made a way to backup some data when restored. I personally like this. It really gets rid of all the junk. Be sure to save your data as it might be totally lost.

"I've tried running the xp disk from an external drive and from the hard drive but in both cases it won't run because" I don't get this. Hopefully you have the correct disks. Where did you get the disk you tried from?

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 20, 2010 at 08:08:43
Thanks for the replies
The xp disc is the one i got with my desktop PC (Home edition v2002).
I've copied it to the hard drive of my laptop via an external drive then tried running WINNT32.exe, this is where I get the message saying it can't install because its an older version.

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January 20, 2010 at 10:00:39
i think you may have hit the nail on the head with the overheating!
I've had a good blow through it and at the moment all seems ok and the fans not cutting in anywhere near as much as it used to.
I only managed to prise it open a bit to achieve this, there must be some more screws i can't see to take it apart properly and give it a proper clean.
thanks again

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