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Hi. My name is***** you for your question and the opportunity to assist. When you re-installed Win 7
there's a possibility the Sony recovery partition got wiped in the process.
Click the start button and in the search area type: diskmgmt.msc
and open the search result at the top.
In the Disk Management window, on the lower half of the screen, can you list me the partitions
from left to right,
for Disk 0 ?
Thank you. If you used a Win 7 install disk to do this that would remove the Sony entries.
The Windows.old folder contains all the files that were on the computer before the installation.
Open it up and look in the Users folder. You'll see the different user accounts listed.
Opening those you will see folders like Documents, Pictures, Music, Favorites, etc.
If there's nothing in there you need you can delete the entire Windows.old folder.
Are you wanting to put back the software that came with the computer?
If you've just loaded Windows only, you're probably missing a few things. You can get the software from the
Sony site here:
Windows.old is only a folder and not part of the operating system. Can you boot the computer from your
Windows 7 Ultimate disk. When you get to the screen asking if you want to install it, in the lower left area
choose the repair option. One of your options will be startup repair. Select that and let it run.
A missing operating system error could also indicate a hardware problem. How old is this computer?
Good morning. Let me know if any issues. If you get the computer connected to the internet
I'll be able to connect to it and assist.
Hi. The computer has an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8100 which is a 64-bit processor.
Windows 7 x64 will run on it. The issue is that Sony didn't produce
Windows 7 drivers for the computer. Many Vista drivers will work under Windows 7 but there's
no way to know until you try them. Which drivers are you missing?
Based on a Sony spec sheet I found, this graphics driver should work on your machine.
Try it and let me know: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/110258/en-us
Also, it's very important that you have Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 installed. Any Windows 7 installation
disk manufactured before the service pack was released won't have it. To check what you have, open Control Panel>>System. Take a look at the attachment below and make sure on your machine it shows you as having
Service Pack 1
Does that copy of Windows 7 have service pack 1 on it? (see attachment below)
click the start button and type:device manager and open the Device Manager search result.
I'm not sure how the graphics adapter will be labeled since it doesn't have a driver
but it will have a red or yellow marking indicating an error
Right-click on the graphics adapter and select Properties
Click the Details tab. Set Property to Hardware Ids using the drop-down arrow.
I need to know the first set of PCI\VEN numbers
I'm not sure that any Windows 7 driver exists for this hardware. Sony never sold the computer with Windows 7.
Thanks. Download the Vista driver from here:
Copy the file to the desktop. We're going to install it a little differently and pray.
Right-click on the file and
click Troubleshoot Compatibility
click Troubleshoot Program
select The Program Worked in Earlier Versions of Windows but won't install or run now
select Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and click Next
click Start the Program
and see if it will install in compatibility mode.
A 32-bit driver should run on a 64 bit system but not the other way around.
A 64-bit driver will not install on a 32-bit system.
Hi. Do you have the Vista product key?
Vista isn't available for download that I know of but you can still get it:
This is going to be trial and error. I found an older Vista/7/8-compatible driver.
this is the 32-bit version
Give this a try: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/50005
and this is the 64-bit version
Sony never made Win 7 drivers for your computer so we just have to hope for a lot of luck on this.
If that computer has an internet connction, go here and click Detect My Model:
It won't slow down the computer. The computer will be using the built-in Windows graphics driver.
You may not be able to play 3-D games but the computer will still run.
I have been looking. Sony never made them and those I thought might work didn't.
I just don't know if there's even a driver that will.