Cannot re-install Vista from recovery DVDs


New Member
I own a Sony Vaio laptop that came loaded with Vista. Last week, the computer crashed (blue screen), after numerous attempts to go into Safe Mode, I finally was able to make it run again. However, the hard drive is VERY VERY slow, thus, I want to re-install a fresh version of Vista. I made 2 recovery DVDs and when I boot with them, it takes me to the Windows screen. One of the options is to re-install Vista and bring it back to original factory settings. I get the following error message
"Cannot find a valid backup of your computer".

I remember that in the past, my HD was partionned in 2. The second part was for the system and the main part for everything else, this is how it came. Now, the system part has dissapeared since I had the crush.

I tried EVERYTHING, including system restore (which it can't do, because it says there are no restore points... once again, doesn't make sense because every time I've installed updates, it created a restore point)

Any suggestions? I really need to re-install Vista and format my HD.

My Computer


Vista Pro
Gold Member
Have you contacted Sony and requested the Restore DVD's ? ?
This may be the best alternative if the Recovery partition is damaged or wiped...

Normally there is only a small shipping fee involved.

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel Q6600
    ASUS P5K MBoard.
    4G OCZ PC2 8500 Platinum
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 8800GTS Vid Card
    Hard Drives
    500G Seagate SATA
    200G Seagate SATA
    100G WD Caviar SATA
    80G WD Caviar IDE
    OCZ Elite 800W PSU
    RaidMax Smilodon Case
    Other Info
    Lite-On dual layer DVD burner X 2
    Dos 6.2;Win2K;XP; &
    Vista Ultimate 64Bit.