bootable USB guide, here we assume that you are using
either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB.
1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the
data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.
2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in
CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively,
navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command
Prompt and select run as administrator.
3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following
DISKPART and hit enter.
LIST DISK and hit enter.
Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB
drive. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1.
4. In this step you need to enter all the below
commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you
can easily guess what these commands do.
SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
(Format process may take few seconds)
Don't close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the
next step. Just minimize it.
5. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and
note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use
"D" as my optical (DVD) drive letter and "H" as my USB
6. Go back to command prompt and execute the
D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where "D" is your DVD drive letter.
CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.
(Where "H" is your USB drive letter)
7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB.
You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as
bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the
current motherboards support this feature).
Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a
bootable USB on XP computer.
boot from a usb drive
Clean Install Windows on a Sony
Even if a Windows operating system is already installed on
your Sony Vaio, it is possible to clean install the same version again or clean
install an upgraded version of the Windows operating system over the current
A clean install of a Windows operating system overwrites the
Sony Vaio's current operating system and cleans the hard drive by automatically
deleting all of the applications, files and settings that are stored on the
Create recovery discs for your Sony Vaio using the Vaio's built-in VAIO
Access Vaio Recovery Wizard by going to the "Start" menu and
clicking "Help and Support." Follow the screens in the VAIO Recovery Wizard to make
recovery CDs for your computer.
Transfer files and programs that you want to save onto an
external storage device, such as an external hard drive or a CD.
To transfer the files and programs to an external hard
drive, plug the external hard drive into a USB port on the computer and drag
and drop files from the computer into the external drive window.
To transfer the files and programs to CD, open a CD-burning
software and choose the "Data Disc" option, upload all of the files into the
program and "Burn" or "Write" them to the disc.
Place the Windows installation CD or DVD into the disc
drive of your Sony Vaio.
If the computer is already on, reboot the computer.
If not, turn the computer on to boot the installation disc.
Follow the onscreen prompts to go through the installation
wizard for the Windows operating system.
Enter the product key from the Windows operating system
packaging, accept the terms of the operating system license and, if prompted to
choose a type of partition for the Sony Vaio, select "NTFS."
Click the "Install Now" button on the last page of the
The operating system installs to the Sony Vaio.
Wait for the installation of the operating system to
complete, which can take up to two hours on some systems.
Once the installation is finished, reboot the Sony Vaio and
the computer should boot up to the operating system screen.