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Where is the VAIO Preloaded software located?

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I have bought a Sony VAIO with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

It came with software like Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements.

I would like to install the basic Windows 7, and then install drivers, but I would like the Adobe software and the others.

Does anyone know where these are located?

Thanks in advance :)
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Depending on which model you have, the software is either on a set of recovery discs, or in a recovery partition on the hard drive.   In MOST cases newer systems use the recovery partition technique.

There's no simple way to extract the installers independently, but there is a way to move the software to a new installation ... use LapLink's PCMover application  [http://www.laplink.com/pcmover ].    Get the "Pro" edition, so you can choose which applications to move.   It's available with substantial discounts from Laplink's price ... for example:  http://www.buy.com/prod/laplink-pcmover-professional-and-ethernet-cable-bu/q/sellerid/14544977/loc/101/215179644.html

Clearly you can't connect your two "systems" you want to move your applications between;  but PCMover supports using an external drive as the media for the move.     Just install it on your current system;  "move" all the applications you want to transfer to an external hard drive;   then reload your system;  install PCMover on the new OS;  and complete the move.
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This was nothing that I already didn't know, was looking for installer location and wasn't given...
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