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I am selling a sony vaio desktop and want to reset to factory settings. I have tried to perform a system recovery but it will not work. It came with Windows Vista and I upgraded to Windows 7. ??

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  • rix1211 Apr 26, 2010

    Sorry for this question, but how do you delete the partition. I have vista and 7 on the system. When the computer starts up it asks which version to start. If I do nothing it defaults to 7. There are no recovery discs, the recovery discs are on the hard drive. I thought if I removed 7, I could recover the factory settings that were set in vista.

  • rix1211 Apr 26, 2010

    not sure how to delete partition. computer came with vista and i upgraded to 7. when comp starts it asks which os i want to use. if i do nothing it defaults to 7. i thought i could remove 7 and then recover to factory settings. factory settings were set in vista.



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Just go to the start button, all programs, accessories, and click on the command prompt. At the c; prompt in the window, type the following:
Format C:
answer all of the questions with "yes"
This will totally wipe the hard drive of all info.
If you have the original installation disks, you may want to give them to the new owners. It will make it easier to reload the operating system and drivers.,
so basically you should Format the drive, then install an operating system such as xp, or windows 7 .... it should install most of the correct drivers. If you have the original disks that came with the computer, use those.You may have to go to the manufactures website to find the exact drivers for the video and sound cards., but that should pretty much return it to factory settings. If you are really picky and have the bucks, you can contact SONY for the original disks.

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    1. Reboot the system and hold down the F8 key as it boots.
    2. A menu will appear. Choose 'start safemode with command prompt"
    3. when the C: command prompt appears type FDISK
    FDISK is a very powerful piece of software. What you will have to do is, find the partition that you do not want and delete it.
    You might want to download a program that can help you and is a little more friendly it is called Partition Magic.
    Use it to ID the Partitions and delete it.
    Good luck. You might want to read alot online about FDISK and partitions.

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    James Apr 26, 2010

    Using the installation disks to reinstall will not work because You need to LOW LEVEL FDISK. When you are installing software, you are putting the information on a partition of the hard drive. The installation disks are assuming that you have already prepared your HD and chosen a partition to install it to.
    FDISK Or Partition Magic, uses LOW LEVEL commands to change the structure of your hard drive physically. Before you can do what you are talking about, you must Partition the hard drive the way that YOU want it to be. So you must first delete both partitions, then create one big partition, and make that partition active, then format the partition, then install the OS from the disks.
    Since you want to delete your current partitions right now anyway, using FDISK is not that dangerous for you. You want the info on the hard drive gone, so there is no danger of loosing something that you wanted to keep.
    Go into FDISK, Choose the different partitions one at a time and delete them. then, after they are deleted, create a partition, and make it active. Make the one partition the same size as the had drive capacity. You should get it eventually.
    Good luck.


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The pc comes with a hidden partition on the hard drive which contains the factory default operating system. Make sure you backup your data first, then press F10 on boot and follow the instructions. If you don't get the recovery utility then you may have damaged the original Master Boot Record and F10 will not work. However, if you performed a simple upgrade you should still have access to this utility.

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CNTRL+F11 will not work since you have installed the cd and overwritten the partition your only option is to delete the partition and install the CD again

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