How to Restore the Operating System for a Sony Vaio

Updated February 21, 2017

The Sony Vaio is one model in Sony's line of laptop computers. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your Sony Vaio, you may want to restore your computer to factory settings by reinstalling the operating system. The process of restoring your computer involves deleting the existing data on your hard drive and then reformatting the drive. You can complete this process using the Sony Vaio Recovery Center. This is a utility that is built-in to your computer and allows you to restore your system without the need for system recovery discs.

Open the Vaio Recovery Center application by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and "Vaio Recovery Center."

Click "Restore Complete System" in the "Choose a Program" window.

Click the "Start" button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Click the "Skip" option and then click the "Next" button on the "Restore Complete System" screen.

Click "Yes" under the "Recovery Drive" and then click the "Next" button again.

Click "Yes" under the "C: drive" to accept the default drive size.

Click the check box next to "I understand" when warned that there is a risk of losing your data.

Click the "Start" button in the bottom right-hand corner and the system is completely restored.

Click the "Finish" button after all of the bundled applications that came with your operating system are reinstalled. The computer restarts at this point. Follow the directions to complete the set-up of your operating system.


Back up your data before restoring your operating system.

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