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Sony Vaio Recovery Center Complete Information

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Documentation PDF: Sony Vaio Recovery Guide 

Sony Vaio Recovery and Restore Information

Sony Vaio computers are one of the easiest computers to back up, recover, or perform a factory restore on, simply because of their user friendly recovery center (Included on all factory Sony Vaio computers).

This article provides all necessary procedures to access the Sony Vaio Recovery Center in order to perform backups, restores, recoveries, and diagnose issues in any scenario to ensure the correct guidelines are followed.

Sony Vaio Recovery Center Access Instructions

  • 1. Click Start on the Windows® taskbar, and click Control Panel.

The Control Panel window appears.

  • 2. In the Control Panel window, click Performance and Maintenance.

If Performance and Maintenance is not listed in the Control Panel window, click Switch to Category View on
the left side of the window, and click Performance and Maintenance.
The Performance and Maintenance panel appears.
Using the VAIO Recovery Wizard may require you to restart your computer, even if you cancel and exit the
wizard.

  • 3. Click VAIO Recovery Wizard.

The VAIO Recovery Wizard window appears.

  • 4. In the Welcome window, click Next.
  • 5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Sony Vaio recovery center Hot Key

  • F 10 is the Sony Vaio recovery center Hot Key

Upon starting your computer you press the F10 key during the prompted system boot menu. This will take you straight into the Sony Vaio recovery center.

Using the Sony Vaio Recovery Center

The recovery center in Sony Vaio computers (which comes factory installed) is a program (software) that makes backing up data, creating scheduled backups to all devices (even networks), wiping out data, restoring your Sony Vaio to factory settings and more a very user friendly experience.

  • You can sometimes find the Vaio recovery center in the Start menu>All Programs.
  • It may also be found here: C:>Program Files>Sony>Vaio Recovery

Sony Vaio F10 hotket

Vaio Recovery Center Information

  • A Backup is when you want to save, “backup” your files, computer, etc. to a disc, storage device, network, or your computer system itself.
  • Performing a Recovery means you will recover your computer from an early backup location such as a disc or storage device you previously performed a backup onto.
  • Restore Complete System means you will restore your computer to the point as if you just turned it on for the first time. You will lose all saved data, you will only have what was on your computer when it was brand new. Your operating system will remain fine.
  • Scheduling  Backups automatically is a great way to always be sure your files, information, and computer data may become retrievable in moments where you need it such as an infection or virus.
  • Restore C: Drive is used to, well, restore the C Drive of your Sony Vaio. It is commonly used to recover photos, documents, and data.
  • Wipe and Erase Data allows you to delete specific data, say you were to sell your Sony Vaio, such as an entire drive like C:.

Sony Vaio System Restore Instructions

  • 1. Click Start on the Windows® taskbar, and click Control Panel.

The Control Panel window appears.

  • 2. In the Control Panel window, click Performance and Maintenance.

If Performance and Maintenance is not listed in the Control Panel window, click Switch to Category View on
the left side of the window, and click Performance and Maintenance.
The Performance and Maintenance panel appears.
Using the VAIO Recovery Wizard may require you to restart your computer, even if you cancel and exit the
wizard.

  • 3. Click VAIO Recovery Wizard.

The VAIO Recovery Wizard window appears.

  • 4. In the Welcome window, click Next.
  • 5. Select Proceed with System Recovery, and click Next.
  • 6. Select Windows System Restore, and click Next.
  • 7. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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Recovery or Restore: Due to computer infections, viruses, adware, broken hardware, etc.

It is important to know what is wrong with your Sony Vaio to understand what steps you will need to take. Computer infections, viruses, broken hardware, and other problems require a more tactical approach when accessing the Sony Vaio recovery center.

Computer Virus Symptoms:

Sony Vaio Computer Virus

  • Your operating system may still work but will not allow you to access files or folders.
  • Your computer turns on but the screen goes black or turns a different color.
  • Your computer turns on but freezes immediately or at any given time limit.
  • Internet browsing shows too many pop up windows, advertisements, or re-directs. (re-directs can go unnoticed and can happen using websites like Google)

If you suspect a virus or infections and can not easily access your Vaio recovery center read the steps and options further below.

Sony Vaio Sound CardSigns of broken hardware or computer part:

  • Computer turns on but only shows a black screen and you may not enter any menus or screens.
  • The operating system logo (Microsoft windows logo) is the only thing you on your computer screen.
  • Computer shuts off whenever it wants to.

If your hard drive is malfunctioning or broken you may not be able to access your files until you fix the part or use the drive connected to another compatible computer. In cases of a significant solid state drive you may not have much luck recovering data depending on the year and model of your Sony vaio.

Scheduled backupUsing the factory pre installed software boot disc:
The boot disc is not always necessary. In matters of new a new solid state hard drive your boot disc may be used to reboot your system, perform recoveries, and factory restores or install missing drives, even the Vaio Recovery Center may be installed. Therefore without getting into a whole new category it’s not recommended to use your boot disc unless of significant hardware failure, no access to menus or your operating system, or some type of hardware and software replacement.

How to access the Sony Vaio recovery center with the boot/recovery disc:

  • Turn your Sony Vaio computer ON.
  • Open the disc drive, and place the Startup Recovery Disc into the optical drive – then close the disc drive.
  • Turn your computer OFF.
  • Wait a few seconds and turn your Vaio back ON.
  • When prompted, insert Recovery Disc 1 into the optical drive, and click OK. (The VAIO Recovery Wizard will appear)
  • Click Next.
  • Select one of the available menu options.

Missing or lost boot disc/recovery disc for Sony Vaio:
If you can not find your disc or can not find the recovery center on your Sony Vaio computer for whatever reason you may contact Sony support for a new disc. There are no downloads.

You should never download a standalone recovery center unless it is part of a trusted virus protection company included in their software.

Click and drag files onto a disc, flash drive, external hard drive, and other storage devices:
There are different ways to backup files onto a hard drive, compact disc, flash drive, media card, etc. using Windows on a Sony Vaio.

  • Enter a disc or connect your memory drive to your computer whatever you prefer to use which has enough space to store what you want.
  • Then open the “my computer” window, which can be found in your start menu most of the time. You should see an icon suggesting a storage device is properly connected. (Its not necessary but you may right click this storage device icon and open it in a new window.)
  • Select the folders, pictures, documents, videos, programs, etc. which you want to save or back up from your computer using the folder icons to navigate (or select your entire drive folder such as C:) and drag it (by holding the left button on your mouse) into the storage device.

Storage device icons commonly look like this  (below) in Windows Explorer or “My Computer”:

Sony Vaio Recovery Center

About CD and DVD media

The number of recordable CDs or DVDs required to create a VAIO Recovery Media Kit varies, depending on computer model.
Your computer must be equipped with a recordable optical drive, such as a CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD±RW drive.
You can create a recovery media kit using:

  •  CD-R media
  •  Single layer DVD+R or DVD-R media

You cannot create a recovery media using:

  • CD-RW media
  •  DVD+RW media
  •  DVD-RW media
  •  Double layer DVD+R or DVD-R medi

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