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  • Added on: Jan 23 2013 08:47 AM
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How To: Fix Function Keys (fn keys) after upgrading/cleanly installing your OS (Windows XP/Vista/7/8 BETA)

Sick and tired of getting upgrades for your laptop and not able to use the function keys after you install a fresh copy of windows? This is the tutorial you should be reading!

Posted by Dominick M. on Jan 23 2013 08:47 AM
Do it yourself fix
I've noticed myself that it gets quite annoying when you update your operating system or have to completely reinstall it due to issues that you were encountering. I've also noticed that the Sony Vaio Laptops tend to have these issues quite often. There are some quite simple methods to fix your function keys (fn keys) that way you can still use them as you had just bought your computer brand new. I personally couldn't live without the laptop FN keys. (Will get screenshots and pictures to help guide you along later)
  • To fix the Sony Vaio and re-enable Function Keys...
First off, you want to obviously go to Sony's website. On the website, go to "Service & Support" then click "Drivers & Software". Find your product from the drop down menu and click continue.

Then you want to select your operating system. **IF YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS 8 BETA, DOWNLOAD THE LATEST WINDOWS 7 SOFTWARE AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FOR A NORMAL INSTALL. (Will elaborate in this post later down the line)**

Select "Sony Shared Library Update" from the "System Components" category. Download and install the file to your computer.

Search for "event service" and "utilities." Download the "VAIO Event Service Update" and "Sony Utilities DLL Update" from the page.

Save any open files and exit from all applications (Trust me and do close all other applications, I've seen this process completely ruin an operating system with other applications open). Double-click the file for the "Sony Shared Library Update" to launch the installer. Click "Yes." Click "Next."

"Read" (Because who actually reads license agreements?) the license agreement, then click "I agree." Click "Finish." Restart your computer. Repeat the steps for "VAIO Event Service Update" and "Sony Utilities DLL Update." Restart the computer after each update. Install Event Services last. After this, your function keys should start to function again.
  • Other Laptops (Sureshot method for a FN Fix)
Your best bet is to go and download all drivers, BIOS Updates, Motherboard Updates, Software, etc. from your Laptop's Vendor (IE: If you have a Samsung notebook, go to http://www.samsung.com and lookup your laptop model in the search bar. Most of the time, your model can be found in your System Information, and on a label located on the bottom of your laptop.) After you completely reinstall all software and drivers, restart your computer and you should be able to use your function keys yet again.

**Windows 8 Users

So you jumped on the bandwagon and got the Windows 8 Preview? There is still hope for your function keys, believe it or not. It's as simple as running all of the setup files with Windows 7 Compatibility (Right-Click -> Compatibility)
You do NOT want to run as Windows 7 SP1, Just Windows 7. Run all driver, software, etc. updates using the proper compatibilities (and if you wish or require, run them as Administrator as well) and restart your computer by using the mouse/touchpad gesture to bring up the side menu (Slide your mouse from the bottom right corner and up, click "Settings", then click "Power" and click "Update and Restart")

If you have any further problems post them here with your computer make and model and I will look into it and find an answer for you :)

Good luck.

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