How to Restore Sony Vaio to Factory Settings with or without A Disc

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Sony’s Vaio series laptops are known for their reliability but once in a while they do exhibit common issues that affect other brand computers as well. Most of the time, a simple fix may be the answer but at times it may require you to restore your Sony Vaio laptop running Windows 8 to factory settings to solve the issue. Here’s a guide to restore your Sony Vaio laptop with or without a disc to factory settings in Windows 8/8.1.

Reset Sony Vaio to Factory Settings without A Disc in Windows 8

If you don’t have access to a recovery disc or any other disc that can help you to restore your laptop, use the below steps.

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One of the ways to restore your laptop to factory settings is to use an option from the boot menu. The boot menu can be accessed by turning off your laptop and then turning it back while keeping the Alt + F10 keys pressed on your keyboard. When the screen comes up, select Factory reset and it will reset your laptop to factory settings.

If you can’t boot into the boot menu for some reason, then click on the Start Menu and select Accessories followed by System Tools. When it opens, select System Restore and then select Restore My Computer to Early Time. You will then find a number of dates that you can click on to restore your laptop.

The above two ways should help you format your Sony Vaio laptop without a recovery disc.

If you would prefer using a recovery disc to format your laptop, the following section should help you.

Format Sony Vaio Laptop using A Recovery Disc in Windows 8/8.1

If you have access to a recovery disc, you can use it to restore your Vaio laptop to factory settings. Here’s how to do it.

Insert the recovery disc you have into the disk drive slot on your laptop. In case the drive is not working, you can make use of an external disc drive. Turn off your Vaio laptop and turn it back on in the boot mode. Then, select the option that lets you boot your laptop from a disc. Your laptop will then boot from the recovery disc and you should be able to factory reset your Vaio laptop using a recovery disc.

The key that takes you into the boot mode varies with the manufacturer. On most Sony Vaio laptops, you can press the F2 key and it will boot your device into the boot mode so you can use a recovery disc to format your device.

The above method should help you restore your Vaio laptop to factory settings with a recovery disc in Windows 8.

Reset the Admin Password in Windows 8

If you’re formatting your Vaio laptop just because you’ve forgotten your admin password, then you need not format it. There’s a nice little application called PassFab 4WinKey that allows users to reset admin passwords without formatting the machine.

All you need to do is visit their website and download the tool to your computer. Burn it onto a disc and boot your laptop from it. You will then be able to choose an option that lets you reset your admin password. Once the password has been reset, you can reboot your laptop and log-in using the newly created password.

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We hope the above guide helps you restore your Sony Vaio laptop to factory settings with or without a disc on Windows 8. Also, there’s a handy tip to reset your admin password in case you were formatting the laptop only to reset a password.


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