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Installing 'clean' Windows XP to Sony Vaio with pre-installed XP. How to ?

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  1. cudo

    cudo Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    just to say sorry if it was covered somewhere also but i did try to serch the forum with no results .

    i got sony vaio laptop vgn-fs series which came with pre-installed windows xp home edition and some other vaio branded stuff. i dont find it very useful and to be honest i dont want to have it on my pc. i bough myself proper windows xp home edition and was trying to install this to my machine with no sucess.

    if i put the cd in, it does not boot at all. the pc just start up. so i though i will change the booting sequence in BIOS with no luck again. even though i have changed the sequence it still does not boot the CD but skips it and starts up. secondly i created recovery cd's with windows xp which came with my laptop and was trying to re-install the system. all was good unitl i tried to skip the instalation of customization with vaio branded stuff. the machine would not start up and asked me to insert the 2nd cd with custumization. once i allowed my laptop to finalize installation i have got again windows xp home edition with million additional vaio software that i do not want.

    i am sure there must be way to install clean version of already costing me 60 quid widnows :) i would really appreciate if someone could help me with solving this issue.

    cheerz,

    cudo
     
  2. Old Rich

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    Enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals,

    If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

    This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
    http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

    These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
     
  3. cudo

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    thanks in advance i will surelly have a go o that one.

    just to clarify on think. i alreay tried to change the sequence of booting with no results. it does not boot the cd but the machine just starts up windows.

    cheerz, cudo
     
  4. Old Rich

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    Check the BIOS to be sure you saved the change . . also look for a setting to turn off silent or quick boot.

    If it is set to boot from cd, tap the space bar repeatedly as soon as you turn it on . . the message to "Press any key to boot from CD" may not be showing very long . .
     
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