Sony :: How To Do A Vista X64 Clean Install On The Vaio Z

Mar 16, 2009

I have a Japanese VGN-Z90NS, and after getting it back from Japan for a minor repair, decided to put Vista Ultimate x64 on there to take advantage of my entire amount of memory.

Some may have seen this thread:
Sony Z HD install and 64bit upgrade problems

On at least the older Vaio Z series (the Z90, Z5xx in the USA, etc.), I have confirmed that the EFI thing is an issue if you try to install a slipstreamed SP1. I happen to have a genuine Vista Ultimate x64 install disc that is RTM, and it installed just fine with no EFI issues.

To get the 64-bit original Sony drivers, download them here or here.

Once you download all of the Sony drivers, download Universal extractor from here, and run it against all of the EXEs you downloaded to strip the model check.

To get the Intel 4500 graphics driver, download it here

NOTE: My Z does not have the built-in camera or fingerprint security, so you'll have to figure that out on your own. Somehow my notebook no longer has bluetooth after being fixed (looking into that ...), so that isn't in this list either. I do have one device that I can't find a driver for, and I bet it's bluetooth since everything else is fine. I'll update if I sort it all out.

Install Process that works:
1. Vista x64
2. Vista x64 service pack (if needed)
3. Intel chipset driver - reboot required
4. Intel Matrix Storage Manager (I have the RAIDed SSDs and definitely need this) - reboot required.......................

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Sony :: Vaio Z Vista Clean Install With Drivers

Jul 17, 2009

if there was a way to do a clean install of Vista (preferably Ultimate 64-bit) on the Vaio Z and have functioning s1/s2 and speed/stamina and Wlan controls. I found the guide for 7, I was wondering if there was something like it for vista, or at least a place where i can get the drivers. My viao Z came with alot of "bloatware", and i'd like to have it snappy.

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Sony :: Complete Set Of Vaio (AW Series) Drivers AND Instructions For Clean Install Of Vista

Jan 17, 2009


My system is VGN-AW190.

There are already a couple of "guides" floating around that describe how to install a clean copy of Windows on Sony laptops.

The process is fairly simple and involves installing certain Sony software and drivers in particular order (according to Sony).

For FW series, the guide is here: Official Vaio FW Clean Vista Install Guide

When I first installed Windows Vista Ultimate, I had no problems getting everything to work EXCEPT for the following:

1) CompactFlash (JMicron JMB368 ExpressCard CF) driver is not available on Sony's web site. When inserting the card, it does not show up as a drive in Windows Explorer. After some time playing around, I figured the following 2 ways to make it work:

a. Insert your card, go to device manager and click on "scan for hardware changes"
b. Boot Windows while the card is inserted

2) SD card slot works but is not mapped to any drive. While Ricoh MS driver automatically creates a drive, there is no driver on Sony's web site that would do the same for SD slot.

Sony's support is useless to a point where they told me that the reason why my CF cards do not show up and there is no drive mapped to the slot is because the laptop does not support cards larger than 4GB (and I have only 8GB Sandisk cards) What a joke. I finally managed to get a 2nd tier technical guy on the phone who said that Sony does not provide CF drivers and that there is nothing they can do about it..........

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Sony :: Clean Install Of Windows Vista To Upgrade?

Oct 24, 2009

I'm thinking about purchasing windows 7, do i need a clean install of windows vista to upgrade? and also do i need to get all the drivers ect like in the clean install of vista if i wish to upgrade? i have a vaio vgn-fw21L

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Sony :: Vaio Z VPCZ1 Clean Install

Mar 14, 2010

I picked up my new Z112GX last night and today after making sony's recovery discs i wiped and started a clean windows 7 professional install.

After this guide you should have a clean windows install with no "yellow" devices under system.

Windows 7 X64 Professional ISO: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent..../X15-65805.iso

Then use the key on your machine. It will give activation issues jsut run through the automated phone activation and you will be fine. SEE BOTTOM POST FOR EASIER METHOD

DRIVERS: .....

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Sony :: Clean Install Of Vaio Z W/ New Harddrive

Apr 8, 2009

I just need to get this one more thing clear:

I'll buy the VGN-Z540NAB and put in 3 GB of DDR3 ram and a 120 GB Vertex SSD drive.

But - I have been wondering how I am going to do the harddrive part - this is my plan.

1. Make a clean install on the old haddrive as soon as i get the notebook using this guide: Sony Z series 32bit Vista Clean Install Guide (full functions & no windows activation)

2. Make a back-up image of the harddrive using Storagecrafts shadow protect(

3. switch to the new SSD harddrive

4. load my back-up image on the clean new SSD harddrive.

5. and i'm ready to go

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Sony :: Vaio CS Win7 RTM X64 Clean Install

Sep 27, 2009

I have a Vaio VGN-CS16G/R and why is is that after installing Win7 RTM x64 and installing the necessary drivers, I DON'T see the "adjust brightness slider" on the power options? With my other laptops with the same OS, I can see that slider completely.

Also, I when I install Vaio Launcher which I got from the extracted Sony Notebook Utilities installer, it returns an error of:

" Error Number: 0x80040703
Description: Failed to find DLL function: SnyUtils.SuOpen

Setup will now terminate. "

Are there workarounds on this?

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Sony :: Battery- After Clean Install On New Vaio Z

Apr 2, 2010

I just performed a clean install on my vaio Z until I reached where I install the Battery Check I keep getting this message!

"The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer.

Click "OK" to enter Hibernate mode and reinsert the battery!

What the hell is that? I have never removed the battery or done anything to it..the laptop was absolutely normal before the clean install!

My laptop top is not usable now...even though it's on ac power I still get this msg

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Sony :: Clean Install On Vaio Vpcw21

Feb 28, 2010

I tried to do a clean install from windows 7 starter to Windows 7 home premium on my new Sony vaio Vpc-w21z1/l

Everything looks good, i installed all drivers and the software needed to works ok, but the Sony smart network does not work. it wont start at startup, so i go to the c:programs and start from there, it appears the window but i don't have the options to turn on and off the wwan, wireless or bluetooth.

The problem is that even the wireless and bluetooth is installed it can't find networks, and the wwan after i reboot 2 times the computer it disapears. i installed the updated version of smart network 3days old and even that does not work.

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Sony :: VAIO FW Clean Windows 7 Install Guide

Feb 21, 2009

DISCLAMER:The Windows 7 Beta is a pre-release version of Windows. While this a stable and high-quality beta,

it's not the finished product. It could crash your computer or cause you to lose important files or information.

BEFORE doing this procedure, backup all your data...

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Sony :: Vaio Fz260 Windows 7 Clean Install

Dec 11, 2009

I have been trying to make a clean install of Windows 7 but when I get to the install screen,

it says that "it does not recognize my drive." This happened too when I tried to install windows XP,

and I solved it by slipstreaming the SATA controller drivers but, I don't know where to find those for windows 7, or if that even will solve the same problem

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Sony :: Vaio FZ Clean Install Of Windows 7 32bit

Jan 25, 2010

performing a clean install of Windows 7 32bit on a Sony Vaio FZ from Windows Vista.

I have searched the forums and have only found guides for performing an upgrade install to 32bit and a clean install to 64bit.

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Sony :: VAIO FW Clean Windows 7 64-bit Install Guide

Aug 19, 2009



will benefit many of you upgrading to Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit RTM. This install was done and tested on a Vaio VGN-FW139E/H.


While the VGN-FW line shares many components, many models also differ. So, I will first list the hardware that is on the VGN-FW139E and the install was done on.

Audio: Realtek High Definition
Audio (HDMI): Realtek ATI HDMI Audio
Network: Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Wireless: Atheros AR928X
Touchpad: ALPS Pointing Device
SD Memory Card Reader: Ricoh
MS Memory Card Reader: Ricoh
Modem: Conexant CX11270
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 3400 Series..................

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Sony :: Vaio ZZ21 Vista Ultimate Clean InstallDriver

Jan 18, 2009

I finally decided to clean install my Vaio Z21 with Vista Ultimate to be able to use the hidden 10GB of the Harddisk. Everything went quite well and I have now a clean device manager with NO remaining question marks. However I have some left-over drivers from the Sony Website for the Z21 and I was wondering which devices I would need them for

Can somebody help me out with the followoing Drivers?
All of them are of the *.inf type, so i really do not know to which device I have to attachen them to. Just right-clicking on the file and selecting 'install' does not do the trick.

1) ME Driver Intel 4.0B
2) SOL Driver Intel 4.0B
3) Sony HDD Protection Driver 1.3 (As I use an SSD-Drive I do not need those anyway, do I?)
4) TPM Professional Package Infineon 3.0L 3.00.1413.05
5) Windows Image File Mini-Filter Driver 6.0 SP1 6.0.6001.18000 Exe Batch
6) Wireless WAN Driver Option 4 83 1 logo

My Z21 has the follwoing configuration:
nVidia GS 8300 M with 1600x900
120GB SSD Hard Drive

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Sony :: Quick & Easy Semi-Clean Vista Install For AW Series (Possibly Others) Using Restore DVDs

Mar 13, 2009

Let me first start by asking your forgiveness if I have stuffed this quick little guide in the wrong spot. I spent a rather brief 10 minutes searching this forum, and I don't believe I am repeating a write-up someone has already done that follows this simple method. If I am incorrect, I ask a moderator to please place this post in its proper home. As you can see, I am not an avid poster here, and I really don't want to be slammed for not searching with enough gusto, etc.

Alright, on to the quick 'n easy...

I have a new VGN-AW235J, so proceed with courage and fortitude if our letters don't match. I found this as I was trying various ways to cleanse this beautiful machine of it's bloatware. It worked for me, and that is all I will claim.

This method requires that you create the restore DVDs.

If you don't have a handful of restore DVDs, go do that now and come back...and while you're up, bring a snack.

One more disclaimer: I didn't take the greatest notes while doing this, so my instructions may be sufficiently vague to cause minor trepidation on the part of the reader. With that being said, each step should be fairly obvious while in front of your machine...DVDs in hand..........................

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Sony :: VAIO Runs Slower After Semi-clean Install

Jan 2, 2009

Bought a VGN-FW26 over the weekend (ATI HD3650, 2.40 Core Duo, 4GB RAM, Vista Home Premium).

On bootup, tried out a few games (mainly Fallout 3, Rainbow Six Las Vegas). Everything was running smooth, especially Rainbow Six at full resolution). This is with all the factory-included bloatware running.

I got annoyed at the bloatware, so performed a semi-clean install of Vista (ie. reformatted comp, reinstalled Vista, cancelled the installation process for the Sony programs ... then manually installed a selected number of programs using the VAIO Recovery Centre. These programs consisted several of the essentials from the programs list, and ALL the drivers).

Now, when I run the for-mentioned games, there's a noticeable increased lag for those games. I have even removed optimised Vista by disabling some unnecessary services, as well as made sure there are no unnecessary background programs running (e.g. McAfee)

In addition, I haven't been able to install the Catalyst Control Center, the VAIO Recovery Center only lets me install the ATI driver (I was thinking perhaps the lag in games is because my graphics card is running in a "maximise batteries" mode?) Is there anyway I can extract the Catalyst Control Center install from the recovery disks/drive?

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Sony :: Windows 7 Clean Instructions Install On VAIO E-Series

Apr 21, 2010

I was searching for a Thread that has some data about clean instructions and restoring all functions for the VAIO E-Series, but I didn't find one.

And since there is a lot of users here who own the VAIO E-Series, I think it might be useful.

So, can anyone share his experience with a clean install on the VAIO E-Series and how did you do that?

Some special order in installing drivers? What's about the FN-Buttons? Whats about the Assist and WEB Buttons? Are they all working?

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Sony :: Vaio Sluggish After Clean Windows Install, Driver (S Series)

Feb 14, 2010

i just reinstalled winxp sp3 on a sony s3xp, i don't have the vaio installation cd but i did a clean reinstall of windows xp and installed essential drivers but it was quite slow, eg seconds to load a directory, or long pauses during web browsing

now i've installed all the original drivers and utilities and am running without power saving but it's still sluggish, eg the mouse pointer jumps about the screen rather than moves continuously when the cpu is under any load at all

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Dell :: Making An OEM Vista Install Virtually A Clean Install

Jun 23, 2009

I got my laptop but did not do a clean install. I just removed all the bloatware I could think of. Is there a guide to do just that though, get rid of all the stuff that shouldn't be there so that you essentially have a clean install without all the bloat or footprints of it?

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Sony :: FZ190 Upgrade From Vista To Win 7an UPGRADE Not A Clean Install

Oct 26, 2009

With all the hand wringing folks have been doing about the lack of drivers for a clean install of Win7 I thought I'd jump in to the deep end of the pool with my FZ190 and investigate an alternative. My good friends Rajesh and Dr. Pratik have done clean installs of Win7 on FZ models, but I decided to take a different approach... the "dreaded" OS in place upgrade. Partly out of curiosity, I wanted to see if it would work, but mainly because I have a ton of software that would need to be reinstalled, if I did a clean install. That would mean days or weeks of inventorying every thing I have installed, digging up installation media and then installing all the stuff. I just don't have the spare time. So...

This past weekend I imaged my C: drive (all my data and I mean ALL my data is on D:, I am a fanatic about that). MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR C: DRIVE BEFORE YOU TRY AN UPGRADE! I ran the Windows 7 Update adviser and it said I had some issues:


NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT - NVIDIA Not compatible The driver installed for this device is not compatible with Windows 7....................

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-BX195ep Vista Install

Sep 4, 2009

Just had a hard drive failure on my VGN-BX195ep lapton, I bought a new hard drive, but when installing one of my recovery discs (application disc) is not recognised.

I have a new Vista Home Premium here unsed, so thought I would try that. It installs fine, but I am really struggling to get the Sony Drivers to make it work.

I am without Wireless Lan, Flash drives and also have ? makrs on device manager on Biometric processor (fingerprint I guess) Mass Storage Controller, and two unknow devices which are listed as Intel 82891FBM LPC INt Controllers.

I have spoken to Sony support who claim the original installed drivers should work, but they they have errors on intall due to wrong operating system.

where I can find drivers?

why the Wireless lan does not work as it seems fine in the device manager? But when turned on, apart from the light on the front it is not working?

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Dell :: Clean Install Vista X64

Mar 25, 2009

I just received my 64 bit cd from dell today and am pretty anxious to get it up and running.

Just checking in to see if there are any important things to note before I start.

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I decided to hold off on upgrading to Windows 7 on my Studio 1555 but I wanted to perform a clean install of Vista. So I popped in the Vista installation disc that came with the computer, partitioned the hard drive, and installed Vista. Now it is up and running but with a few problems. The problems are; (1)the ethernet controller is not recognized, (2)the intergrated camera is not recognized (when I open Webcam Central is says "Please plug in a supported webcam), and (3) the displays that used to show up when using the brightness and volume function keys no longer appears. I installed all of the drivers on the drivers and utilities disc that came with the computer but these problems are still there.

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I want to do a clean Vista install on the above notebook, and if the time comes, restore the setup (OS) to the default config with minimal effort. Read a lot of threads on how to do this, but just need some help/advice on the following.

Currently the HDD partitioned as:
110MB (EISA Config), FAT16 Pri
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Discs supplied with laptop: Vista Reinstall DVD, Dell Drivers & Utilities, Roxio, Dell MediaDirect

What I want is to do a clean Vista install to the OS (C:) partition (formatting it), but still keep the other partitions in case I have to resell my notebook. My main concern is not being able to restore the factory image back to C .....

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Aug 3, 2009

I can get Vista 64bit business from school for free and was wondering should I just format my computer completely,

removing sony's partition, and just download all the drivers off the website.

My FW465J/B we'll be here tomorrow and I think that is the best way to approach the bloatware provided by sony

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