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Groovin'
superduperandy
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-15-2013
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How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have 8).

On my VAIO, I cannot enter the bios.   I want to enable hardware address translation virtualization for hyper-V and I want to change the boot order to thr cdrom first to install windows 7 (maybe on a partition or a vhd if I can solve thr firsat problem.  I am a programmer at microsoft so I know enough not to shoot myself in the foot with bad bios settings.  I have hit F2 at thr VAIO screen at system startup to no affect.  Being locked out of features on a machine I thought I owned (I did pay for this machine) is exceptionally frustrating and I don't understand how getting into BIOS could actually be difficult unless I was intentionally locked out.  If this is to save users from themselves then maybe I can understand but i've been looking this up and so far no succcess.  Is blocking me out of BIOS by design?  If so, then I feel robbed - please tell me how to enter BIOS settings.

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Groovin'
superduperandy
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-15-2013

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

As a techie, shame on me for not being specific on the exact model # in the initial post.  It is an S series intel i7 model SVE17127CXB. 

 

Thank you,

--Andy

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Groovin'
superduperandy
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎01-15-2013

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

I was able to find it after searching more.  I don't know why it's so hard to get to - like some buriee magical secret but here is the answer to the riddle:

 

 Befor you press the power button, PRESS and HOLD the ASSIST button and then the power button. Now you get the menu you want.

 

Holding the assist button from after the moment the machine powers on may also be helping but i still only succeed intermitantly.  Wacky -how hard they made it - why?

 

I fould the hardware SLAT for hyper-v in the 2 - (or F2 ?) advanced bios settings screen.  Geeeeeeeezzz - SONY!

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JoelP
Posts: 281
Registered: ‎11-12-2012

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

Hello, Superduperandy.  Sorry for the confusion.  Microsoft made requirements for a change to BIOS & recovery access options for Windows 8.  In previous Windows Operating Systems, hooks had to be inserted to 'catch' the boot cycle at the right point with the F2 key to induce the PC to go into BIOS mode, or F8 to boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen.  But Windows 8 uses a hybrid shut down state, and also boots so quickly that it is nearly impossible to catch the boot cycle by pressing even a single key at the right moment.  Booting to BIOS or recovery has changed for nearly all OEMs, as a result.  On all VAIO PCs with Windows 8 preinstalled, just shut down the PC using the normal WIndows 8 shut down procedure.  Then, instead of using the power button to start it, just press the Assist button.  Booting from Assist will take you to an options menu which includes BIOS and recovery.  I have included a picture of the screen you should see when you boot from the Assist button below.  This screen includes instruction to use F2 to get to BIOS, but F2 only works to get there when you have this screen up on the PC.

 

VAIO Care Rescue Mode1.png

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Tuning Up
seb_ss
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎07-21-2013

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

I found this thread because I have the same problem for windows 8. The difference is that the laptop was wiped and has no sony software on it, so it doesn't show the boot menu when press assist. Please include the link to the software that has to be installed. I have an F series Vaio. Thank you!

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RyanC
Posts: 1,279
Registered: ‎11-12-2012

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

seb_ss,

 

You will need to purchase recovery media to reinstantiate the Vaio Recovery Partition that the Assist button boots to.  Please post your exact Vaio Model and i can look up the Recovery Media part number for you if it is a Latin America, USA, or Canada model.

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seb_ss
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎07-21-2013

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

The model is Sony Vaio VPCF13Z8E. I don't know the provenience of the model, but it's imposiible to find any drivers/software for it. Thank you!

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RyanC
Posts: 1,279
Registered: ‎11-12-2012

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

I think that is a europe model.

 

Try Sony Europe Support.  I would not be able to provide a part number for a Europe model.

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daveskip
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎03-02-2014

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

It is very rare that I take the time to sign up for a forum, and even less likely that I take the time to comment. You have to purchase recovery media? That is absolutely aweful. When purchasing business or personal laptops in the future, I will research this facet of the hardware before purchasing, as it will be a deciding factor. As for windows 8, It will never be on any hardware I deploy. Just like Vista wasn't. I will out wait the horrible atrocity that is windows 8.

 

I am sure there is still someway to directly access the BIOS. I cannot believe that BIOS access would be per-verted in this way.

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daveskip
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎03-02-2014

Re: How can I enter bios on my vaio? I want to boot from the cd drive to install windows 7 (I have

Fortunately, the internet has a solution. Press and hold the F2 key before pressing the power button. This took me directly to the BIOS.

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