Article ID : 00012046 / Last Modified : 03/29/2019Print

How to perform a system recovery using the VAIO Care version 6 software.

    The VAIO Care version 6 software can be used to restore the computer to the original factory software configuration. Follow the procedure below to run a system recovery:

    WARNING: All data, settings, and programs added to the computer will be deleted. During this procedure you will have a chance to back up your data. Sony does not guarantee your personal data can be backed up and restored properly.


    • Before performing a recovery, check for software and driver updates available online through the Drivers & Software link on this page. Also, check for knowledge base solutions available through the FAQs & Solutions link on this page.
    • This model does not require Recovery Discs. Recovery data is included on a special partition of the hard drive. That said, it is highly recommended to create a set of Recovery Discs .
    • If the operating system will not start and no other troubleshooting can be performed, a system recovery can be performed by starting the computer and pressing the F10 key.
    • It is recommended to connect the AC adapter to the computer so power is not interrupted.
    • It is recommended to disconnect all external devices, such as printers, network cables, cameras, external hard drives or flash drives.
    1. Close all open programs.
    2. Click the Start button and then click All Programs.
    3. In the All Programs menu, click the VAIO Care folder and then click VAIO Care.

      NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password, or click Yes.

    4. In the VAIO Care window, in the left pane, click Recovery & restore. Image
    5. Under Recovery & restore, click Recovery. Image
    6. In the Recovery window, click Recover Computer. Image
    7. In the VAIO Care window, click the Yes button.

      NOTE: The computer will restart.

    8. In the VAIO Care Rescue window, click Start recovery wizard. Image
    9. In the Do you need to rescue your data? window, click Yes, I'd like to rescue my data.

      NOTE: If you do not have any data on your computer that you need to back up, click the Skip Rescue button and proceed to step 15.

    10. Connect an external storage device to the computer, such as a USB hard drive or thumb drive.
    11. In the Select Rescue type window, click Easy rescue.

      NOTE: If you would like to manually select files to back up, click Custom Rescue and then follow the on-screen instructions.


      NOTE: The software will automatically detect your data.

    12. Click to select the drive where you would like to back up your data and then click the Next button.

      NOTE: This screen displays the amount of disc space required and the amount of free space on the external drive.

    13. In the Confirm options and start rescue window, click the Start Rescue button. Image

      NOTE: A progress window will show the status of the backup.

    14. In the Rescue has completed successfully window, click the Next button. Image
    15. In the Are you sure you want to start recovery? window, click to select Yes, I'm sure and then click the Start Recovery button. Image

      NOTE: A status window is displayed indicating the progress of the different applications. No action is required. This process may take up to 2 hours and the computer may restart several times.

    16. In the Recovery complete window, click the Restart button. Image

      NOTE: The computer will restart.

    17. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the operating system and complete the system recovery.