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Does the fj270 recovery disk from ebay make the computer like new with a blank harddrive?

I bought a recovery disk for my fj270 off of ebay so that i can get rid of vista ultimate that i installed last year.

Can I do a disk wipe and then just pop in the recovery disk and then all of my drivers and the operating system will be restored? Or is there more to it than that?

Appreciate the help guys.

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  • Chris17house Mar 27, 2008

    Could I make a partition and install XP while I have Vista to make it a dual-boot system?

    Or would my computer still run slow since i have vista, even though i would be running XP?

  • Chris17house Mar 27, 2008

    I have 2gb of ram (upgraded) but it made little or no difference and the computer is still running hot, with XP I hardly ever heard the fan come on. I guess what it comes down to for me is what ever is the easiest fix to get XP back up as my main OS is what i would like to do.

    I am not computer illiterate, but have never made a new partition.

    I am assuming that i would do the following:?

    -Erase HDD

    -Erase and make new partition

    -Install recovery disk

    If you know of a step-by-step process to the solution that would be extremely helpful. I know it can't be that difficult. I wont be working with the command prompt will I?

    Thanks again,


  • Chris17house Mar 28, 2008

    Oke doke, here is what i was trying to explain, i think that my laptop is messed up.

    When i enter the recovery center on my vaio laptop i get this message "This computer is not recognized as a VAIO computer. Not all features will operate as designed".

    Whats the deal?

  • Chris17house Mar 28, 2008

    The problem is that i cant initiate the recovery process. The built in recovery program that comes on vaio's is saying "This computer is not recognized as a VAIO computer. Not all features will operate as designed". And that is without the use of the cd i bought off of ebay.

    When i go into vaio central and look at my system information, there are spaces for "Manufacturer, model name, service tag #, serial #, bios version, and OS version, but they are all blank now. Which is probably confirming why my own computer is not recognizing itself as a vaio laptop.

    I dont want to use vista anymore because it is slow and burns my computer up, the fan comes on instantly and doesnt ever turn off. I was thinking that because i dont have the recovery cd's that a dual boot would allow me to just use XP and then my computer would operate like it used to, of course vista would still be on here, but i would never use it.

    All i want to do is get vista off of here and XP back on. But the recovery console and recovery cd doesnt work. There must be a software problem somewhere here, but i can't figure it out.

    Appreciate the help guys.

  • Chris17house Mar 28, 2008

    After chatting with online sony support, they said that my recovery partition could be corrupted?

    Is there a fix for that other than using recovery cd's?



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Hello Chris,

The problem you are having with your VGN-FJ270/B where you can't run recovery disc, all the sony vaio recovery discs check Bios DMI information before running recovery media and VGN-FJ series have a problem where DMI information is diapearing hence rendring your system to not run reccovery discs since recovery disc can't read DMI information to solve this problem, please go to this sony link and update your bios and that will take care of it.

but you will have to install windows XP on your computer first with any windows XP disc since this update will only run on windows XP environment and after that recovery disc will run fine.


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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FJ270b laptop with windows Xp Home Edition NTFS partition having HDD of 100GB on it and i want to upgrade it to Windows Vista Ultimate. My windows is already installed on NTFS partition and i hope that Vista will not make any problem to install on it and i'd made the recovery DVDs myself when i'd purchased the laptop from the vendor.


1.8Ghz Pentium M Processor

My question is that Can Windows Vista Ultimate be made dual boot with Windows Xp Home edition of mine(already running) on the same partition C: because i have only 1 partition of 75 GB on which my Xp Home is working and the rest is to available to the Hidden Recovery Partition?

Kindly provide me the solution to it if anyone of have you it.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Posted on Apr 30, 2008

  • Muhammad Yaseeen Lakhany

    Dear Friends one thing i forgot to ask you

    Whether to install Vista Ultimate on the Same partition of WinXp Home or to make a new partition on it my HDD?

    Which Case the Vista Ultimate will work properly on my laptop ?





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Normally yes. If the recovery disk is an original from Sony and/or an exact reproduction then it should reinstall Windows XP (which I believe is the original OS) complete with appropriate drivers and proprietary utilities/applications from Sony. Alternately, you can just pop in a Windows OEM installer CD and use the key printed on a sticker underneath the notebook. Thereafter an update or a visit to Sony website should enable you to download/install necessary drivers.

The notebook must of course be instructed to boot from the CD. This could be done by entering into your CMOS/BIOS and selecting the CD drive as the priority boot medium.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Mar 27, 2008

    Hi again,

    My compliments to ChatWizard and I have to agree with both his posts.

    On the other hand, why bother with dual boot? The Vaio was initially designed with the XP OS. XP for all intents and purposes will do. You have had a taste of Vista in your laptop and if you are happy with it, why go back to XP?

    Re your post back, basically that's it. Except when you delete the partition and create a new one, there is no need to pre-erase. The partitioning will do all that.

    With the recovery CD and/or the OEM Windows installer, everything is pretty much automatic. There will be no need for command lines. There might be a question every now and then but on-screen instructions will guide you.

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    Louie Role Mar 28, 2008

    Since you are using the eBay purchase Sony recovery CDs and not bare install using an OEM Windows XP CD Installer, possibilities are:
    1. the purchased recovery CDs are meant for another model/version of a Sony Vaio laptop. Additionally, pls confirm your laptop's model number by looking at the bottom right side of the LCD panel display and not on the sticker underneath;
    2. the purchased recovery CDs are not an exact reproduction of the appropriate recovery discs;

    What can be done:
    i. continue with the recovery installation. It is expected though that you need to manually install some of the proprietary software applications/features;
    ii. as initially suggested, use an OEM Windows XP CD installer and use the CD key printed on the sticker underneath the laptop;
    iii. return the purchased recovery CDs and request for replacement;


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I am assuming you are going back to XP?
You will run into one major problem with this process, Vista is based of Windows NT which uses a NTFS file system. XP uses the old file system of FAT32, so just wiping the hard drive probably won't work. You will have to go into your partition and re-partition your hard drive before you intall the recovery disk.
If the recovery disk is designed for your computer then yes it will restore it to all factory defaults (including drivers and software that originally came with it.
If you are not sure how to do the partition then let me know I will try to guide you through it.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Rick Cavanaugh Mar 27, 2008

    Vista is a Ram hog (I recomend at least 2GB of Ram), so when you run Vista it will run slow if you are under this. XP will run fine on 512MB of Ram although 1GB is recomended.

    That being said, to make your system a duel boot system (if thats what you want to do) you will have to use a software version to create the partition (like Norton's Partition Magic).

  • BetterThanMe Sep 01, 2010

    WinXp runs NTFS. Why are you giving out poor advice. If you don't know what you are talking about it is best not to write anything at all.


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