Preventing VAIO Care recovery on boot

I bought a Sony VAIO Y Series laptop for my wife last Valentine’s Day — how practical, I KNOW — and it’s been working great thus far, except for one niggling thing.

It boots into a recovery mode called VAIO Care every time. This mars the user experience siince the intention is always Windows 7, not VAIO Care!

I’ve copy-pasted the text wholesale, in case the site goes down one day (and mine doesn’t):

  1. Click the Start button and then click All Programs.
  2. In the All Programs menu, click the Accessories folder and then click the System Tools folder.
  3. In the System Tools folder, click Task Scheduler.
  4. In the Task Scheduler window, in the left pane, click Task Scheduler Library.
  5. In the middle pane, click VAIO Care.
  6. In the right pane, under Actions , click Disable.
  7. Close the Task Scheduler window.