I have tried the ASSIST button while its off, buy only the windows started and no recovery menu.
May be my recovery partition is corrupted?
I have installed the factory pre installed drivers from the sony website and tried to write a recovery disk but no success.
Only option now is to order a recovery disk from sony which will cost.
Isn't there any other way please?
With my laptop I used there recovery software and afterwards it made it impossible to boot into safe mode and also would not install certain windows security updates. The Sony Vaio Recovery software is junk. Its always better to if possible reinstall windows completely with either a new copy or a windows install disk and download the drivers.
U must turn off your computer first, and then press "ASSIST" key for 5 seconds. After that you have to click on the vaio wizard ... And follow the directions! Hope it will help u to get factory setting
I wrestled with this Sony Vaio laptop now for 3 days trying to install several versions of Windows from USB and from DVD and I couldn't even reformat c: drive since Sony has a different configuration. I FINALLY read your response about the mysterious 'ASSIST' button and it's all good now. I was afraid I was going to have to get it to boot to command prompt and then play with diskpart commands etc. to find the recovery area. Thank god I didn't. Since it is my wife's laptop I was not familiar with it since I've never owned a Sony. Thank you very much!!
The only thing that should be a brick wall in a full Windows install is OEM keys. Other than that you SHOULD be able to at least reformat the OS partition - no command line necessary. But it's good the Recovery button got you back in business.