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Need help with Windows 7 installation on Sony Vaio Laptop

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  • I replaced the hard drive in a friend's Sony Vaio Laptop (Model VGN NW240F) and am trying to install Windows 7.  Unfortunately she did not create any restore discs so I'm using a Windows 7 OEM disc and the laptop's OEM key. 

    Unfortunately I've run into the common problem where the installation hangs up at "Completed Installation."  I did a google search and found a bunch of solutions, but none of them worked for me.  The BIOS is very basic and there are no updates from Sony, so I'm unable to disable USB drivers or make sure the HD controller is on ACHI (common solutions that have worked for others).  There are no peripherals plugged into the laptop at all. 

    Any help?  I've been unable to do anything with it since I can't get past this issue.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:25 AM

Answers

  • 1) Download the version of Windows 7 that your product key is for and create a bootable installation DVD. 

    2) Perform a keyless install

    3) Install the device drivers

    4) Then activate Windows after installing the device drivers.

    ====================== 1) Windows 7 Download ===================

    Windows 7 Home Premium x86 with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24208.iso

    Windows  7  Home Premium x64 with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24209.iso

    Windows 7 Professional x86  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24280.iso

    Windows 7 Professional x64  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24281.iso

    Windows 7 Ultimate x86  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24394.iso

    Windows 7 Ultimate X64  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24395.iso

    Full list of Windows 7 direct download links:
    http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/14-windows-7-direct-download-links

    Dell users read this:
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/w/microsoft_os/microsoft-windows-and-microsoft-office-downloads.aspx


    After downloading the .iso file use ImgBurn or Gear ISO to create a bootable installation DVD.

    Create a Bootable Windows 7 DVD using the .ISO file
    Burning a Windows 7 ISO File on a DVD
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977640

    ImgBurn - In addtion to supporting the creation of Cds/DVDs from .ISO files,
    it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free.
    (BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)
    http://www.imgburn.com/

    Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn article: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn

    Also there is Gear ISO burn: Download and install Gear ISO burn (Free):
    http://www.gearsoftware.com/GEAR-ISO-Burn.php

    Note: Always use DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.

    ====================  2) Perform a keyless install  =======================

    How to perform a 'Keyless Install' of Windows.

    After you enter user name and password you will be asked to: 'Type your Windows product key', do not enter a key.
    Also located just below the box where you would enter the key is a box with a check mark to 'Automatically activate Windows when I am online', remove the check mark and click 'Next'.

    You will now have a 30 day grace period in which to activate Windows.

    During this 30 day grace period you can try resolving your problems. 
    After you are satisfied all problems have been resovled then activate Windows.

    ========================= 3) Device Drivers ===================

    Sony device drivers: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO

    Enter your model number or let Sony scan and detect your model.

    If there are Windows 7 drivers then download to a folder on your hard drive and install all of them, starting with the Motherboard/chipset drivers, SATA, Firewire (1394), LAN, Audio, Etc., and so on.

    =========================== 4) Activation =========================

    How to Activate Windows 7 by Internet
    1) Click Start and in the Seach box type:   Activate 
    2) Click on the 'Activate Windows' option at the top of the list
    3) Click on 'Activate Windows online now'
    4) Enter your 25 character product key (not case sensitive)
    5) Click 'Next' and wait for the key to be verified.

      Alternate Method: Start/Control Panel/System and Security/System/
      Now scroll down to the bottom and click either
      'Change product Key' or 'Activate Windows in x days'

    If need be, activate by phone:

    How to activate Windows 7 or Vista manually (activate by phone)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/en-us

    1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
    2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
    3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
    4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
    5) Stay on the phone *** do not select/press any options *** and wait for a person to help you.
    6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
    7) The support person should give you a confirmation ID, copy it down on paper,
    8) Verify the ID is correct by reading back to the support person.
    9) Enter the ID number and click 'Next' to finish the activation process.

    ----------------------------  Alternatives -------------------------------------

    To activate using the telephone
    1.Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, clicking Properties, and then clicking
    Activate Windows now.?

    2.Click Show me other ways to activate.

    3.Type your Windows 7 product key, and then click Next.

    4.Click Use the automated phone system and then click Next.
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    5.Click the location nearest to you from the drop-down list, and then click Next.

    6.Call one of the available phone numbers listed. An automated system will guide you through the activation process.

    7.When prompted, enter the installation ID that's listed on your screen into your phone's keypad.

    8.Write down the confirmation ID that the phone system gives you.

    9.Under Step 3, type the confirmation ID into the spaces provided, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

    10.If activation isn't successful, stay on the line to be transferred to a product activation agent who can assist you.

    Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
    (This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)

    The phone number you called does not work:
    Microsoft Wordwide contacts: http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx

    Activation and registration of a Microsoft product
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326851
    Windows activation: (888) 571-2048

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:54 AM
  • I replaced the hard drive in a friend's Sony Vaio Laptop (Model VGN NW240F) and am trying to install Windows 7.  Unfortunately she did not create any restore discs so I'm using a Windows 7 OEM disc and the laptop's OEM key. 

    Unfortunately I've run into the common problem where the installation hangs up at "Completed Installation."  I did a google search and found a bunch of solutions, but none of them worked for me.  The BIOS is very basic and there are no updates from Sony, so I'm unable to disable USB drivers or make sure the HD controller is on ACHI (common solutions that have worked for others).  There are no peripherals plugged into the laptop at all. 

    Any help?  I've been unable to do anything with it since I can't get past this issue.

    Helo Ijosef,

    This is Kevin Krause with the Sonylistens team.  For help installing windows 7 on your VAIO you can contact our Vaio support team at 1-888-476-6972 and they will be more than happy to try and help.

    Thank you,

    Kevin Krause

    Sonylistens Team

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:23 PM

All replies

  • 1) Download the version of Windows 7 that your product key is for and create a bootable installation DVD. 

    2) Perform a keyless install

    3) Install the device drivers

    4) Then activate Windows after installing the device drivers.

    ====================== 1) Windows 7 Download ===================

    Windows 7 Home Premium x86 with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24208.iso

    Windows  7  Home Premium x64 with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24209.iso

    Windows 7 Professional x86  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24280.iso

    Windows 7 Professional x64  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24281.iso

    Windows 7 Ultimate x86  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24394.iso

    Windows 7 Ultimate X64  with SP1 (bootable)
    http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24395.iso

    Full list of Windows 7 direct download links:
    http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/14-windows-7-direct-download-links

    Dell users read this:
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/w/microsoft_os/microsoft-windows-and-microsoft-office-downloads.aspx


    After downloading the .iso file use ImgBurn or Gear ISO to create a bootable installation DVD.

    Create a Bootable Windows 7 DVD using the .ISO file
    Burning a Windows 7 ISO File on a DVD
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977640

    ImgBurn - In addtion to supporting the creation of Cds/DVDs from .ISO files,
    it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free.
    (BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)
    http://www.imgburn.com/

    Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn article: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn

    Also there is Gear ISO burn: Download and install Gear ISO burn (Free):
    http://www.gearsoftware.com/GEAR-ISO-Burn.php

    Note: Always use DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.

    ====================  2) Perform a keyless install  =======================

    How to perform a 'Keyless Install' of Windows.

    After you enter user name and password you will be asked to: 'Type your Windows product key', do not enter a key.
    Also located just below the box where you would enter the key is a box with a check mark to 'Automatically activate Windows when I am online', remove the check mark and click 'Next'.

    You will now have a 30 day grace period in which to activate Windows.

    During this 30 day grace period you can try resolving your problems. 
    After you are satisfied all problems have been resovled then activate Windows.

    ========================= 3) Device Drivers ===================

    Sony device drivers: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO

    Enter your model number or let Sony scan and detect your model.

    If there are Windows 7 drivers then download to a folder on your hard drive and install all of them, starting with the Motherboard/chipset drivers, SATA, Firewire (1394), LAN, Audio, Etc., and so on.

    =========================== 4) Activation =========================

    How to Activate Windows 7 by Internet
    1) Click Start and in the Seach box type:   Activate 
    2) Click on the 'Activate Windows' option at the top of the list
    3) Click on 'Activate Windows online now'
    4) Enter your 25 character product key (not case sensitive)
    5) Click 'Next' and wait for the key to be verified.

      Alternate Method: Start/Control Panel/System and Security/System/
      Now scroll down to the bottom and click either
      'Change product Key' or 'Activate Windows in x days'

    If need be, activate by phone:

    How to activate Windows 7 or Vista manually (activate by phone)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/en-us

    1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
    2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
    3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
    4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
    5) Stay on the phone *** do not select/press any options *** and wait for a person to help you.
    6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
    7) The support person should give you a confirmation ID, copy it down on paper,
    8) Verify the ID is correct by reading back to the support person.
    9) Enter the ID number and click 'Next' to finish the activation process.

    ----------------------------  Alternatives -------------------------------------

    To activate using the telephone
    1.Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, clicking Properties, and then clicking
    Activate Windows now.?

    2.Click Show me other ways to activate.

    3.Type your Windows 7 product key, and then click Next.

    4.Click Use the automated phone system and then click Next.
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    5.Click the location nearest to you from the drop-down list, and then click Next.

    6.Call one of the available phone numbers listed. An automated system will guide you through the activation process.

    7.When prompted, enter the installation ID that's listed on your screen into your phone's keypad.

    8.Write down the confirmation ID that the phone system gives you.

    9.Under Step 3, type the confirmation ID into the spaces provided, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

    10.If activation isn't successful, stay on the line to be transferred to a product activation agent who can assist you.

    Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
    (This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)

    The phone number you called does not work:
    Microsoft Wordwide contacts: http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx

    Activation and registration of a Microsoft product
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326851
    Windows activation: (888) 571-2048

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:54 AM
  • I replaced the hard drive in a friend's Sony Vaio Laptop (Model VGN NW240F) and am trying to install Windows 7.  Unfortunately she did not create any restore discs so I'm using a Windows 7 OEM disc and the laptop's OEM key. 

    Unfortunately I've run into the common problem where the installation hangs up at "Completed Installation."  I did a google search and found a bunch of solutions, but none of them worked for me.  The BIOS is very basic and there are no updates from Sony, so I'm unable to disable USB drivers or make sure the HD controller is on ACHI (common solutions that have worked for others).  There are no peripherals plugged into the laptop at all. 

    Any help?  I've been unable to do anything with it since I can't get past this issue.

    Helo Ijosef,

    This is Kevin Krause with the Sonylistens team.  For help installing windows 7 on your VAIO you can contact our Vaio support team at 1-888-476-6972 and they will be more than happy to try and help.

    Thank you,

    Kevin Krause

    Sonylistens Team

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:23 PM