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Windows 7: Help - Sony Vaio re-install MS Home premium after SSD HD replacement.

27 Sep 2019   #1
mbones57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Help - Sony Vaio re-install MS Home premium after SSD HD replacement.

Hi folks,

My dear old reliable Sony Vaio Hard disc is on it's way out. I bought a new 500 gig SSD from Best Buy and I need to replace the HD asap. I do have a 3 disc Sony Vaio recovery disc set that I made when I bought the Laptop originally. I just wanted to ask someone here if they would be so kind to give me some help on doing this job. My system is Windows 7 home premium 64bit. Intel I5 2.40GHz 4gb RAM. This laptop has been a champ for many years but I am now getting a warning that the HD is going to fail soon. I have copied all of my data to a external hard drive already. I would really appreciate if someone would list a step by step process for me that I can print out before I begin the hard drive replacement. My common sense tells me that I just need to shut down the PC, replace the HD and then boot from the 3 disc set that I labeled "Vaio Recovery Windows 7 64bit". I assume that the recovery disc's will format the new HD and do a fresh install of the original system but I really wanted to make sure.
P.S.
Since Sony Vaio's are no longer on the market I believe.... is it possible to just install Windows 7 Home premium without all of the additional Vaio software? I just thought I would toss this out there. I do have the product key on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop. The Vaio software only had one utility that I used which was the disc/registry defrag. As far as the other stuff it seems that the Vaio software really slows down the startup time. The original system also came with Norton but I just used the Norton removal tool and then installed Avast which I am very happy with. I paid for Avast premium with also their system cleanup utility and I have always loved it.

Sincerely,

Mike


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27 Sep 2019   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. is the key a OEM or retail? Using the disk is the safest as it will have all the drivers a clean dvdmay not have drivers the only problem is that it will way behind with updates and you may get 1,000 updates. If the original was a standard hd you may need to change some settings if 7 doesnt detect the fact its an ssd
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27 Sep 2019   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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replace the HD and then boot from the 3 disc set that I labeled "Vaio Recovery Windows 7 64bit". I assume that the recovery disc's will format the new HD and do a fresh install of the original system
In theory.

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is it possible to just install Windows 7 Home premium without all of the additional Vaio software?
That is what an enthusiast would do.

1. You need installation media that already includes SP1 - enable Private Messaging in your UserCP.

2. You need to activate it after installation - use either the coa key from your machine or 7oeminstaller.
7oeminstaller

3. You might want specific drivers - available from the manufacturers site

4.You need to update it -
Simplix is the preferred method

It is also possible to update and integrate drivers into the installation media before installing, if you wish
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27 Sep 2019   #4
mbones57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

A little more specific....

I'm not sure if the key is OEM or retail. If I look in the system it is listed there and the key on the sticker that is stuck to the bottom of the laptop matches the one within the specifications of the system itself. To elaborate a little ... when I first was notified of soon to be doom I began moving everything important off of the laptop to a external hard drive. The laptop itself has had many crashes in the past that a simple re-start has fixed short term. Then about two weeks ago there was a driver update by Microsoft itself which I didn't give second thought to. That being said ... On my restart windows said the disc needed to be checked for consistency but when disc check began to run it warned that a recent update caused a problem and disc check could not complete. It suggested a system restore but when I tried that system restore could not find any restore points before the update. I pretty much thought at that time that my disc was completely doomed. I could only get windows to start in safe mode after that. So I said what the hell ... let's use the three disc rescue approach and see what happens. When I put the first disc in it right out of the gate reformatted the HD and then went through a fresh install of windows 7 home premium. It took hours for windows to download all of the updates from MS but it all went well.To be honest I'm using the laptop right now to explore this forum and the laptop is working fine but on every restart it still warns me of a HD issue so I think it is just a matter of time before the disc fails. This is why I went out and bought a new SDD. I don't want to start installing all of my .exe programs that I have saved on my external hard drive until I know that I am doing so on a new HD with a fresh install. I also made a system image but who knows if it is not corrupt in some way because of the HD issue. I'm not a super tech guy folks. I just love windows 7 because I am so used to it and I don't use the laptop for much other than MS office, web browsing, editing my videos with filmora screen and watching netfilx when I'm on the road. I just don't want to give up the laptop because it cost me $1400.00 about 6 years ago. Yeah I know ..... It's about time but I really can't afford another one right now because I just lost my job after 34 years at the same company. So I have the Vaio recovery disc set and a new SSD. I don't care how long windows updates take I have the time. I can download any utilities you guys may suggest. I have about 6 or so blank DVD's still.
Oh...btw.... When I go to the sony site they say they don't offer any more support since they no longer make laptops. Isn't that just wonderful
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27 Sep 2019   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

We need to be clear there are 2 type of disk errors one is the file system which chkdsk can fix in that case the disk is fine its just the file system . The second is the bad sectors that is a disk starting to die and cant be fixed.
So if your drive is only getting chkdsk errors the disk is ok. Goto the disk maker website and they normally have a test program which will tel you if the disk is ok or has bad sectors so you know what type of error you have.
An SSD will speed up you system and specially Filmora a 480 gig SSD is now 50 .What version of Filmora are you running old 8 or the new 9 or pro which is like Adobe
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27 Sep 2019   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1. You haven't yet enabled private messaging in your user control panel.



2. You can probably find the drivers at drp.su
https://drp.su/en/laptops/sony/vaio-...=windows-7-x64

Click the arrow at left of each driver you want and download the zip file

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27 Sep 2019   #7
mbones57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
We need to be clear there are 2 type of disk errors one is the file system which chkdsk can fix in that case the disk is fine its just the file system . The second is the bad sectors that is a disk starting to die and cant be fixed.
So if your drive is only getting chkdsk errors the disk is ok. Goto the disk maker website and they normally have a test program which will tel you if the disk is ok or has bad sectors so you know what type of error you have.
An SSD will speed up you system and specially Filmora a 480 gig SSD is now 50 .What version of Filmora are you running old 8 or the new 9 or pro which is like Adobe
At the moment Filmora is no longer installed. After I used the Vaio recovery disc set the first thing the set did was re-format my HD. It warned me that the HD would be wiped clean and the operating system would be installed to its original factory setup. I have not went to the filmora site to re-download the program. After I finished with the whole deal I decided to run chkdsk for the hell of it and there were file system errors that were fixed. I was thinking about running the "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" option as well but have not done this. Do you think this is a smart thing to do? Will it tell me if there is something wrong with my HD? I went to the Toshiba website and could not find any HD utility to test my HD. Right now every time I restart my system I get a warning by "Intel rapid storage Technology" That just tells me to reset the disc to normal. I promptly do this.Then it says my system is functioning normally. Then a few minutes later it goes back to the same warning. Another odd thing that keeps happening during a re-start is that the system hangs with the first screen as the "Vaio" software is loading. Windows will not start up completely until I hit "ESC" once. Then the system starts just fine. This is why I asked if it is possible to re-install windows 7 without all of the Sony Vaio" Software. There is a lot of Sony crap that really slows down my start up time.
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28 Sep 2019   #8
mbones57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Update. CHKDSK found 8 bad clusters.
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28 Sep 2019   #9
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Its the disk makers website which has the test is Seagate
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29 Sep 2019   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

My suggestion is not to use the Sony recovery disks. It has a lot of useless software that will slow down your computer.

M$ link to download Win 7 HP SP1 64
Link valid for 24 hours from time of creation.
Link expire: 9/30/2019 2:07:07 PM UTC
Download it NOW to your external disk, not to your dying disk.

What is your Sony Vaio model?

A month ago I've got a Sony Vaio (VPCCB290X) from my nephew. It had Win 8.1 and there was no recovery partition.
I did a Win 7 clean install on a SSD using a USB flash disk, installed the drivers from Drivers and Software updates for VPCCB290X | Sony USA.
For the offline activation I've used 7oeminstaller (I've used n3 Raymond.cc’s Windows 7 OEM License Installer, but as you still have a original license, backup your current license by using n1 ABR)

For the updates my suggestion is to set Services - Windows Update - Manual and on WU page set it to Never check.
Then run UpdatePack7R2
Simplix is a single file (750MB) that contain all updates since Win 7 released up to date. It has all security and non security updates without the trash (telemetry and tracking). Very good.
Then run WU manually to find updates for Office etc and decide witch one to install.

To uninstall the telemetry, run cmd file to uninstall those KB files.
kb_spy.cmd.txt
Rename it as KB_Spy.cmd and run it.
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