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My Sony Vaio had a virus and was restored by a Computer shop (but not using Sony backup disc). Since then the function keys for volume and screen brightness haven't worked - any suggestions?

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I should go online to sony.com and download updated drivers as one or two may be missing.

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Computer wipe restore factory settings


Which operating system ????...

Computers are indispensable tools when they are working correctly.
When they fail to function as desired, they can become quite a headache.
Occasionally after installing a new program or making other modifications to your Sony Vaio Desktop PC, unexpected changes may occur within your computer.
Completing a system restore allows you to reset your computer's files to an earlier time when it was functioning normally.
Everything you need to complete a system restore is included in your Sony Vaio Desktop PC.
Log in to your computer as administrator.
The system restore requires that you are logged into an account with administrator rights.

Click on "Start" in the lower left corner of the desktop.
Point to "All Programs" and then to "Accessories" with your mouse.
Point to "System Tools" and click on "System Restore."

Click on "System Restore" under "Pick a Task." Click on "Next" in the system restore window.

Select a date and time to which you want the system to restore.
Use the lesser than and greater than symbol on your key board to change the selected date. Click "Next."
Click "Next" after confirming your selected date.
Your computer's files will now be restored to the selected date.


Restore a Sony Vaio Without a Disk
Five or ten years ago, the only way to restore a computer after something terrible happened to it would be to reinstall your operating system off of restore disks.
These disks would come packaged with your computer and would be the only way to return your computer to normal in the event that you downloaded a virus or some other calamity occurred.
Nowadays restore disks are a thing of the past.
You can easily restore your Sony Vaio without a restore disk.

Restart your Sony Vaio if it is already on.
If it's off, turn it on.
Press the F12 key on your Sony Vaio keyboard.
This will enter the computer into the built-in restore mode.
Note that depending on the model of Sony Vaio, you may have to press either the F11 key or the ESC key to enter this restore mode.
This must be done before your operating system begins to load.
If you see the Windows logo appear on screen, you'll have to restart and try again.

Choose the option on screen that is most appropriate to your needs.
You will be presented with three options: you can either create a set of recovery discs, attempt to repair your operating system's installation, or restore your operating system.
Repairing your operating system will attempt to fix your computer without deleting any of your personal files.
Restoring your operating system will delete everything on your hard drive and return your computer to its original factory settings.

Wait for the restore process to complete.
Depending on the type of restore you've tried, you may have to wait as little as a few minutes and as much as an hour or more.
When the process is finished, the computer will automatically restart itself.


Sep 25, 2013 | Sony VAIO Computers & Internet

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How to perform a Sony VAIO System Restore


NOTE: A recovery also can be performed using recovery discs.
  1. Close all open programs and turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect all network connections.
  3. Disconnect all peripheral devices.
  4. Turn on the computer.
  5. When the VAIO screen is displayed, press the F8 key.
  6. At the Advanced Boot Options screen, ensure Repair Your Computer is selected and press the ENTER key.
  7. In the System Recovery Options window, under Select a keyboard layout: , click the Next button.
  8. Under To access recovery options , next to User name: , click the down arrow , and click to select an account with Administrator rights.
  9. Next to Password: , type the appropriate password for this account.
  10. Click the OK button.
  11. Under Choose a recovery tool , click to select the desired option: NOTES:
    • The Startup Repair option can automatically resolve certain issues that can prevent the operating system from starting.
    • System Restore can return the computer to a previous configuration of the operating system when it was working properly.
    • Windows Complete PC Restore will restore a previous backup of the computer created using the Windows Backup and Restore Center .
    • The Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool can determine if any problems being experienced are caused by issues with the computer's memory.
    • The option to open a Command Prompt can be used by advanced users and technical support personnel to perform troubleshooting on the hard drive or the operating system.
    • Clicking VAIO Recovery Center will launch VAIO Recovery Center from the Recovery Disc.

on Feb 11, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Factory settings sony vgn-n31z/w


Click the "Start" icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and click "All Programs." Click "VAIO Care" then click "VAIO Care" again. The VAIO Care program will open.


Click "Recovery & restore" on the left side of the VAIO Care window, then click "Recovery." Click "Recovery Computer" on the right side of the program window.



Click "Yes" to verify that you are aware the computer will be recovered to its original factory settings and that all of your personal files and programs will be erased.


The computer will restart and the recovery process will begin.

When the process is finished, the computer will restart again and boot up to the Windows 7 setup screen.


Recover Using Recovery Partition


Turn on or restart your Sony Vaio computer.


Press the "F10" key repeatedly when the Vaio logo appears on the screen during the boot process to be redirected to the Boot Options menu on your machine.


If the Boot Options menu does not appear by the time the Windows logo appears on your screen, let the computer finish booting up, then restart the computer and try again.


Highlight "VAIO Recovery Environment" in your Boot Options menu and press "Enter."


The VAIO Care program will appear on your screen.


Follow steps 2 and 3 in Section 1 to recover your Sony Vaio computer with Windows 7 to its original factory settings.


Recovery Using Recovery Discs


Insert the first recovery disc in your optical drive and restart your Sony Vaio computer.

The total number of recovery discs varies based on your Sony Vaio computer.


The Boot Options menu will appear on your screen. Highlight "Start Sony VAIO Care Rescue" using the arrow keys on the keyboard and press "Enter." The "VAIO Care Rescue" program will appear on the screen.


Click "Tools," then click "Start advanced recovery wizard." In the "Do you need to rescue your data?" window, click "Skip rescue."
Click "Factory condition," then click "Next." Click "Yes, I'm sure" when asked if you want to proceed with the recovery knowing that all of your personal files and programs will be erased. Click "Start Recovery." Remove and insert the recovery discs as prompted by the computer.

Remove the final recovery disc and click "Restart" when a message appears on the screen informing you that the recovery is complete.


The computer will boot up to the Windows 7 setup screen where you can begin personalizing your operating system

or


Sony Vaio usually installs their system files right on the computer.

If you click on "Start" then "Vaio Central" a window should open up.

Click on the "Support" tab, then "Recovery".




hope this helps

Oct 03, 2012 | Sony Vaio VGN-N31Z/W

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Going to reset my computer. Where can I find the reset button?


If you're trying to restore the Computer to factory settings, then you can use the VAIO Recovery Center that is shipped with the Computer.

NOTES:
  1. Click the Start button, then click Help and Support . NOTE: If the Help and Support link is not available on the Start menu, re-enable the link in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
  2. In the Windows Help and Support window, click Backup & Recovery .
  3. Under Backup & Recovery , under VAIO Recovery Center , click Launch VAIO Recovery Center .
  4. In the VAIO Recovery Center window, under Choose a program , click to select the desired option: NOTES:
    • It is strongly recommended that recovery discs be created to help restore files if the operating system will not start. Recovery discs are bootable and can be used to perform a recovery on a properly functioning hard drive.
    • The Windows Backup and Restore option opens the Backup and Restore Center provided with the Windows Vista® operating system. This provides the ability to save information from the hard drive, such as personal data files, and restore previously backed up data.
    • Computer problems related to hardware can be diagnosed using the VAIO Hardware Diagnostics option.
    • One or more drivers or factory-installed applications may be reinstalled with the Reinstall Programs or Drivers option.
    • The entire (C:) drive can be restored to its original, factory-installed condition by selecting Restore C: Drive .
    • Choosing Restore Complete System will restore the entire (C:) drive, while removing or restoring the Recovery Drive partition. Modifying the size of the hard drive partitions is also an option with this type of recovery. This option requires you to insert Recovery DVDs created using the Create Recovery Discs option.
    • To remove all data from the hard drive, including the operating system, all programs and personal data, choose the Wipe and Erase Data option. This option is provided for the convenience of advanced users who want to install a different operating system, and who want to ensure all data has been removed from the hard drive first. All other users are strongly urged to avoid selecting this option.

May 17, 2010 | Sony VAIO® VGN-CR120E PC Notebook

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I have no clue how to get my AV mode, and S1 buttons to work. My sister recently handed me down her old Sony Vaio VGN-FZ320E which, was previously full of viruses and spyware of all sorts. When she took it...


the repair shop where your syster took the computer to maybe reformatted the computer using a retail version of operating system disc. you will need to install all drivers and software from this link esupport.sony.com

  • make sure to select the correct operating system before you download the drivers and software
goodluck ü

Mar 07, 2010 | Sony VAIO VGN-FZ320E/B Notebook

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WINDOWS WILL NOT START - CANNOT START IS SAFE MODE OR ANY OTHER


OK try doing this below.
NOTE: A recovery also can be performed using recovery discs.
  1. Close all open programs and turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect all network connections.
  3. Disconnect all peripheral devices.
  4. Turn on the computer.
  5. When the VAIO screen is displayed, press the F8 key.
  6. At the Advanced Boot Options screen, ensure Repair Your Computer is selected and press the ENTER key.
  7. In the System Recovery Options window, under Select a keyboard layout: , click the Next button.
  8. Under To access recovery options , next to User name: , click the down arrow , and click to select an account with Administrator rights.
  9. Next to Password: , type the appropriate password for this account.
  10. Click the OK button.
  11. Under Choose a recovery tool , click to select the desired option: NOTES:
    • The Startup Repair option can automatically resolve certain issues that can prevent the operating system from starting.
    • System Restore can return the computer to a previous configuration of the operating system when it was working properly.
    • Windows Complete PC Restore will restore a previous backup of the computer created using the Windows Backup and Restore Center .
    • The Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool can determine if any problems being experienced are caused by issues with the computer's memory.
    • The option to open a Command Prompt can be used by advanced users and technical support personnel to perform troubleshooting on the hard drive or the operating system.
    • Clicking VAIO Recovery Center will launch VAIO Recovery Center from the Recovery Disc.

You will have to use a Windows DVD and boot on it, try a "Repair" install, If this doesn't "Take" then you will have to do a complete reinstall.

Feb 11, 2010 | Sony VAIO Notebook

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Cannot find the Vaio recovery drive it is win xp os my sony has a virus bug that i cannot erase i want to format hd. dr, and do a full recovery when i follow the inst. says cannot find drive i didnt make a...


How did you try to do a recovery?

  • For VAIO laptops released fall of 2003 onwards, the computers come with a vaio recovery center/wizard you can use to format the harddrive
follow these steps:

  1. restart the computer
  2. press the f10 key repeatedly when you see the VAIO logo until you get the loading files or edit boot option screen
  3. if you get the edit boot option screen, press enter
  4. when it loads the VAIO recvoery partition/center, select restore c:drive
  5. follow the on-screen instruction
  6. process may take up to 45mins or 1hour and may restart randomly

Note that once you start the recovery process, all files you installed to the hdd will be deleted and cannot be recovered

Dec 15, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-N130G/W Notebook

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We have tried using the f 11 key to reset or sony vaio laptop but it doesnt work is ther any other way to restore it to factory settings with out a recovery disc?


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Give this a try:
When the VAIO logo appears on the computer's screen, briefly press the F10 key on the computer keyboard.

The VAIO Recovery Wizard appears.

Hope this helps.

Nov 28, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-UX280P Notebook

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Sony notebook, restore to factory settings without cd


scan your computer with avast antivirus.update it .
http://www.scanwith.com/download/avast_Home_Edition.htm
download from here
then scan in safe mode or boot time

Feb 07, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-FS980 Notebook

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Restore3


Hello,

I found these instructions for you on the Sony support site.



Solution
sp.gif sp.gif IMPORTANT:
  • Before performing a recovery, go to the Sony® eSupport Web site at http://esupport.sony.com and check your model-specific support page. Look for software and driver updates or check for knowledge base solutions that may help you solve your computer's issue.
  • This model does not require Recovery CDs. Recovery data is included on a special partition of the hard drive.
  • Do not interrupt the power during the recovery process.
  • Before performing a recovery, disconnect any external devices not supplied with the computer such as printers, network cables, cameras, or external storage devices, like hard drives or flash drives.
  • Customers who purchased the Symantec® Norton Internet Security® 2007 software from the Sony Style® store with their computer must create a Norton Account to save their product key prior to a system recovery or the software cannot be reinstalled.

NOTES:

  1. Click the Start button, then click Help and Support . NOTE: If the Help and Support link is not available on the Start menu, re-enable the link in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
  2. In the Windows Help and Support window, click Backup & Recovery .
  3. Under Backup & Recovery , under VAIO Recovery Center , click Launch VAIO Recovery Center .
  4. In the VAIO Recovery Center window, under Choose a program , click to select the desired option:

    NOTES:
    • It is strongly recommended that recovery discs be created to help restore files if the operating system will not start. Recovery discs are bootable and can be used to perform a recovery on a properly functioning hard drive.
    • The Windows Backup and Restore option opens the Backup and Restore Center provided with the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system. This provides the ability to save information from the hard drive, such as personal data files, and restore previously backed up data.
    • Computer problems related to hardware can be diagnosed using the VAIO Hardware Diagnostics option.
    • One or more drivers or factory-installed applications may be reinstalled with the Reinstall Programs or Drivers option.
    • The entire (C:) drive can be restored to its original, factory-installed condition by selecting Restore C: Drive .
    • Choosing Restore Complete System will restore the entire (C:) drive, while removing or restoring the Recovery Drive partition. Modifying the size of the hard drive partitions is also an option with this type of recovery. This option requires you to insert Recovery DVDs created using the Create Recovery Discs option.
    • To remove all data from the hard drive, including the operating system, all programs and personal data, choose the Wipe and Erase Data option. This option is provided for the convenience of advanced users who want to install a different operating system, and who want to ensure all data has been removed from the hard drive first. All other users are strongly urged to avoid selecting this option.

Please update me on the same.
Regards
Sammy

Jul 10, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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