Would you like to answer one of these instead? Power your computer back on, and press F11 repeatedly as it boots up. I notified Sony support so maybe someone else will be spared these problems. Luckily the Vaio has a setting for Legacy boot. I know this thread is long dead, but just hoping someone might stumble across it again and offer some advice. Once I set that, it booted from the optical drive no problem.
Needing to boot an external device is not unusual. This is the modern way and works great with Win 7-64. But now I want to image the drive to make a backup. When it restarts, you may receive a notification telling you that Windows was shut down improperly. Just follow the wizard as what you want to do. The operating system deals with many basic functions of a computer, including the reboot feature. In my case it did not.
You click on it and it will ask for your username and password. This applies to Vista and Win 7 in all flavours by the way Just a bit of info and hope it helps! This meant that his system was essentially worthless at this point. I stopped restarts a while ago, instead I shutdown and do the batt trick. First of all install your new os into another hd as soon as u finish go to sony support and then get the updates + dll tools. If you are going to do smth unusual then you at least should know what to do while setting proper boot order is the simplest. After much too much searching around, I found out that F2 is the magic key. That is illegal software, and is not to be mentioned on this forum.
It aslso refuses point blank to boot from the hard drive. If it did not work possibly you may problem with your external drive or data boot-sector. My goal was to boot from the Vista disc. The repair runs for a while then gives up and says it can't fix the problem. Hey guys, I work for my school's computer lab support. But it still gives me that message.
However, think of 'restart' as opposed to shutdown. This will take you into the Recovery screen. When i restart, it says no operating system found. This site is running with the theme by. I notified Sony support so maybe someone else will be spared these problems.
The E Series 14-inch and 15. So, nice try, but no. Anyways, this machine was seriously messed up, and he just bought it. To save time and searching i have found the solution and is as follows. Thanks Martin, Your advise saved my day. I did this, but it seems that even the recovery partition was hosed. In any case your article was extremely helpful.
Commercial disks such as Windows installers carefully put both formats on the disk so they work in any machine. Luckily the Vaio has a setting for Legacy boot. Any idea how much web searching it took me to find this article? I'll post back here if I ever get a resolution. Chris, I agree with you. This has the added benefit of ending the ridiculous permanent waste of space on computers in order to have a long-term storage of data that may never be used and may be corrupt by the time it is needed.
Here all I know as of now: She claims she downloaded and installed some Windows updates then it just restarted and never be able to boot back into Windows 7 again. I agree the boot sequence, on the sony vaio is bad. It worked like medicine Thanks pal It may please you to know that Sony has changed the boot order on at least some of its laptops to optical, hard, removable drives now. I notified Sony support so maybe someone else will be spared these problems. Can not agree with this. If I try pressing, or holding down the F10 key. It does not matter which I pick, the rend result is always the same, a few pathetic whirls of the cd drive, or flashes of the hdd, and then an underline cursor in the top left of the screen.