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Thread: Loading Vista over XP

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Virginia Beach

    Unhappy Loading Vista over XP

    Hello all,

    Newbie here. I got a Sony Vaio VGNCR220EL laptop through an online auction. It originally had Vista Home Premium, but is loaded with XP. What options do I have to replace XP with Vista? How do I know if I need 32 bit or 64? Thanks all in advance for assistance.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Wiltshire, England


    Hi John, welcome to NST
    Does the laptop still have the hidden Sony recovery partition ?
    Check here how to find and use it to factory reset the laptop back to "out of the box" condition.
    If it's been wiped along with Vista, then you could either buy yourself a Vista DVD, or try borrowing one from a friend and installing a vanilla Vista system, using the serial number on the laptop not the one on the DVD.
    The processor in that PC supports 64 bit OSs, but I think it came originally installed with 32 bit. I don't know how the setup program handles 32/64 when you quote the serial number, I have an OEM system builder copy which is exclusively 64 bit, so I have no experience of the "full retail" which comes with both flavours included.

    Baker of fine scones.

    Please keep requests for help in the forums where everyone can see them, not in Private Messages.
    Posting a plea for help or information in the forum, will be seen more quickly by a widely experienced audience.
    A solution in the forum could also be useful to other future visitors, so PLEASE, no private requests. (they won't be answered !)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Virginia Beach

    Smile vista over xp


    I will try to system recover, if not borrow a vista disc... Thanks, that surely helps.


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