Recovery Partition - Sony Vaio FE Series

Does anybody know if there is a recovery partition I can access on startup on the Sony Vaio VGN-FE series?

I've got a model currently running Vista but want to take it back to factory settings. I've tried all the F keys, the DEL key and ALT F10 but nothing stops it from booting straight into Vista.
alfaroAsked:
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
You can check to see if there is a recovery partition through disk management.

Right-click My computer - Manage - Disk Management

If there is a recovery partition it should be listed in here.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Do you have an option to "Start VAIO Recovery Center" in your Boot Options?
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mstrasserCommented:
You would normally have to create the recovery CD's or DVD's from the system itself, there is not a recovery partition on the system from which you can boot.

Sony requires you too build your own set . (Which it should have prompted you to create a set)
If you have not done that try to get in contact with Sony and they should be able to sell you a set
Sorry I bet not the answer you are looking for
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mstrasserCommented:
Several companies offer them for sale  
here is one off them
http://www.user-guides.co.uk/cddownload/Sony/SonyVaio/Sony-Vaio-VGN-FE-Series-Windows-7-Driver-Recovery-CD-323927.html

but I would call Sony first
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
I'm just going to install a generic version of Vista and then change the key afterwards...

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mstrasserCommented:
That will work
But you will lose some preinstalled software.
You can check on Sony's site some of the programs you will find there based on the model # for download

Good luck

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alfaroAuthor Commented:
Most if not all of that software I can easily live without...
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mstrasserCommented:
Hold on I just thought of something
If you install a generic version of Vista your license Key will most likely not work
(You are running an OEM Version of Vista) and if you install other software it might not read or accept the Key
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
Did you check to see if you actually have a restore partition?  If you do then maybe all you need to do is install the recovery program/software from the Sony website.
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
Looking at the disc it looks like there is no partition. Sony seems to say there should be and it can be acccessed by pressing F10 on startup. Maybe this disk has been wiped before, although it does look like all the original programs and drivers are all there on the C drive..
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
It is possible it may have been deleted or the hard drive replaced (restored by disks).
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alfaroAuthor Commented:
Well, problem solved...

I have just found out while in the bios that the F10 key was not working. Luckily I had a spare keyboard for this exact model and substituting it enabled me to press F10 and start the recovery process..

Doh!!

dc
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