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Sony Vaio - Automatic Repair loop & no product key!

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    Sony Vaio - Automatic Repair loop & no product key!


    Hi

    Working as a Mainframe programmer, I am automatically assumed to be an expert in all things IT and so a friend of the family has passed me a laptop to repair

    What we have is the common Automatic Repair loop. The computer restarts, states "Preparing Automatic Repair" and "Diagnosis..." etc etc, and then does it all again. I cant get to the recovery menu or bios having tried different combinations of Shift F8, F12, F2.

    All the help I have found so far recommends booting from disk. Unfortunately, the owner of the laptop has no manual or box or any record whatsoever of the product key.

    The laptop came with windows 8 preinstalled.

    I have tried to boot from a Windows 7 DVD, but it does not appear to be recognised and continues to do the automatic repair loop.

    Any ideas?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.

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    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.


    I cant get to the recovery menu or bios having tried different combinations of Shift F8, F12, F2.
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    no..this isnt my laptop.

    unfortunately, the owner of the laptop did not bother creating a recovery disk either.

    could the only solution be to buy a full copy of windows 8 and try booting from that?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Press the ASSIST button on boot up.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Press the ASSIST button on boot up.
    that worked...i got to some menu options, but then they disappeared again whilst writing this post
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Is this x64 8.0 ?

    You should be able to get the product key from the firmware using rweverything from bootable media.

    I think sony recovery partition has some weird split wim format that is difficult to apply using normal methods.

    Your best bet is to get the key as above, then hunt around for 8.1 install media. Install it using the 8.1 generic key, then after installation, activate with the 8.0 key you got from firmware.

    Might be core or core single language on that machine.Once you have the key, you can find out what it is using pidgen
    http://janek2012.eu/ultimate-pid-checker/


    Generic 8.1 install keys:

    CoreSingleLanguage=Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC

    Professional=XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB

    Core=334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Is this x64 8.0 ?

    You should be able to get the product key from the firmware using rweverything from bootable media.

    I think sony recovery partition has some weird split wim format that is difficult to apply using normal methods.

    Your best bet is to get the key as above, then hunt around for 8.1 install media. Install it using the 8.1 generic key, then after installation, activate with the 8.0 key you got from firmware.
    ah ok, i hadnt heard of rweverything. i'll try creating a DVD of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooq View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Press the ASSIST button on boot up.
    that worked...i got to some menu options, but then they disappeared again whilst writing this post
    Sony Assist timed out & reboots to Windows.

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      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    now going to try that hirens bootable cd to recover the product key
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    hmmm that didnt work. i went into Assist and chose boot from media/optical drive with Hirens Boot CD in but I just got a No Operating System found error
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