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I want to purchase a Vaio Laptop from a pawn shop and it says windows 7 not genuine RRS feed

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  • I want to purchase a Vaio Laptop from a pawn shop and it says windows 7 not genuine in lower right of screen, it has a sticker on bottom with product key, can I restore it to factory settings?
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:10 AM

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  • Only if the previous owner left the recovery partition intact.  You need the model number to find out if you can order the recovery dvds Carey mentions.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:51 AM
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  • Correct,  if F10 is Sony's way to start the recovery.  But first make sure that Sony or a third party has recovery discs in stock before you purchase the computer from the pawn shop.  If Sony does not have your disks anymore, you can google on something like "recovery disks" and you get lots of third parties selling these kits, like

    http://recovery-disks.com/sony.html


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 1:54 PM
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    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:21 AM
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    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:21 AM
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  • Only if the previous owner left the recovery partition intact.  You need the model number to find out if you can order the recovery dvds Carey mentions.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:51 AM
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  • So if I hit F10 during startup it should bring up the recovery program to reset it to factory settings if the partition is there, and if not I have to purchase DVDs?
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 1:46 PM
  • Correct,  if F10 is Sony's way to start the recovery.  But first make sure that Sony or a third party has recovery discs in stock before you purchase the computer from the pawn shop.  If Sony does not have your disks anymore, you can google on something like "recovery disks" and you get lots of third parties selling these kits, like

    http://recovery-disks.com/sony.html


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 1:54 PM
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  • Thank You
    Friday, February 11, 2011 1:08 AM
  • Thank You
    Friday, February 11, 2011 1:08 AM