Windows Vista Clean Install Process


What is the Windows Vista™ Operating System Clean Install Process?

This document provides the steps and information necessary to perform a Clean Install process to install Microsoft Windows Vista operating system on applicable VAIO® computer models. The process varies by computer model and may take 1 - 2 hours to complete.

IMPORTANT - BEFORE proceeding with the Clean Install process:

  • The Clean install option is only available when installing with a retail version of the Windows Vista operating system. The Sony supplied Windows™ Vista Express Upgrade DVD Kit does not provide this option.
  • Please print and carefully read this document
  • Review the hardware and software compatibility information provided by Microsoft
  • If you are unsure whether Windows Vista operating system or the Clean Install process applies for your model, please use the Sony Discovery Tool for Windows Vista. This tool will analyze your system operating system and hardware configuration and then tell you the recommended version of Windows Vista, provide you with the appropriate installation instructions and present you with all Vista compatible drivers, utilities and application updates that are currently available for your system.
  • Please note that the Clean Install process removes all current content such as files, programs, etc. from your hard drive.
  • The application, utility and driver updates recommended for Windows Vista operating system compatibility may not yet be available for your model. If you install Windows Vista using only the in-box (included as part of Windows Vista) drivers, basic functionality such as video, modem, Ethernet and wireless will be available but may function at a lower than expected level of performance.
    Note: Under testing by Sony, the in-box Audio driver does not work with VAIO computers. An updated Audio driver is required for sound with Windows Vista operating system.

    Sony is diligently working to provide the recommended Windows Vista operating system compatible updates as quickly as possible. We recommend that you check your model-specific support page periodically from January - March 2007 for new releases and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Known Issues with Windows Vista Operating System


Microsoft Information:

For VAIO Shipped-Software:

Not all software provided under the Windows XP operating system is inherently compatible with Windows Vista operating system. While some features may still work after Windows Vista is installed, others may not until a compatibility update is installed.

To help address this, Sony is preparing updates for certain application to enable use with the Windows Vista operating system. These updates will be made available as part of the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Express Upgrade DVD Kit being offered by Sony, and will also be later provided for download on your model-specific Sony eSupport web page.

Notes:

  • On the Support web site, these updates will be released gradually. It is recommended that you check your model-specific support page periodically for new releases.
  • While Sony is dedicated to provide as much Support as possible, some models may not qualify for all updates due to hardware incompatibility with Windows Vista operating system.

    - Release status for VAIO-shipped software updates as of January 30, 2007 (varies by computer model)
    • Sony Applications - A Software Update is Released:
      The update can be downloaded from the model-specific Sony eSupport web page for applicable models.
      • Click to DVD®
      • DVgate Plus™
      • Life Flow™
      • SmartWiFi™
      • SonicStage® Mastering Studio
      • VAIO Event Service
      • VAIO Media
      • VAIO Power Management
      • VAIO Wireless Utility
    • Sony Applications - A Software Update is Under Investigation for Applicable Models:
      A release date has not yet been determined. Please check your model-specific Sony eSupport web page periodically.
      • Memory Stick® Formatter
      • Memory Stick Utility
      • My Changer
      • My DVD
      • SonicStage
      • VAIO Edit Component
      • VAIO Launcher
      • VAIO Zone
    • Third Party Applications That Shipped on a Sony Computer
      • For Symantec applications: Please check the Symantec web site for further information at http://www.symantec.com.
      • For America Online (AOL): AOL will provide a Windows Vista operating system compatible update. Please visit the AOL web site at http://www.aol.com.
      • For Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Pro Elements: Adobe will provide a Windows Vista operating system compatible update. Please visit the Adobe web site at http://www.adobe.com.
      • For Trend Micro: Please check the Trend Micro web site for further information at http://www.trendmicro.com/.

      Sony will provide a Windows Vista operating system compatible update for the following third party applications. A release date has not yet been determined for these files. Please check your model-specific Sony eSupport web page periodically.

      • Cingular Connection
      • InterVideo WinDVD
      • InterVideo WinDVD BD
      • Protector suite QL
      • Quicken
      • Roxio Digital Media

    Prepare your Computer - Steps to Take Before Performing a Clean Install to Windows Vista Operating System



    Installation Instructions

    Follow the steps below to complete the Windows Vista Clean Install process.

    WARNING!: Some parts of the Clean Install process take a long time to complete. Do not interrupt the Clean Install process once it has begun.

    1. If using a notebook, hook it up to AC power.
    2. Quit any programs that may be running on your computer.
    3. Disconnect any network connection.
    4. Before beginning the Windows Vista Clean Install process, make sure all steps listed in Prepare your Computer - Steps to Take Before Performing a Clean Install Process have been completed.
    5. Insert the Windows Vista DVD and restart your system to boot to it.
    6. At the prompt, press any key to continue.
    7. Click Next.
    8. Click "Install Now."
    9. Enter the Product key that is included in the Windows Vista DVD and select "Do not get the latest updates for installation."
    10. Click Next.
    11. Check the "I accept the license terms" checkbox, and then click "Next."
    12. Select Custom/Advance.
    13. At "Drive Options" screen, select Format and select OK.
    14. At "Drive Options" screen, click Next.

      Windows Vista operating system will now be installed. This process may take 1 - 2 hours to complete depending on your system. Please do not interrupt this process.
      Note: If not prompted, please restart the system after the message appears that the upgrade has completed.

    15. If applicable, reinstall your Windows Vista operating system compatible Anti-Virus or Internet Security software.
    16. Install all Windows Vista operating system applications, drivers and utility updates available for your model in the following order:
      1. Sony Shared Library 3.0.00.10180
      2. Sony Utility 7.0.00.11210
      3. Setting Utility Series 2.0.00.11230
      4. Video
      5. Audio
      6. Wireless
      7. Modem
      8. Toshiba Bluetooth
      9. Sony Ericsson driver
      10. Novatel driver
      11. Novatel Firmware update
      12. Touch pad
      13. Touch screen
      14. TPM
      15. VAIO camera Filter
      16. VAIO camera utility
      17. TV tuner library
      18. MPEG encoder card
      19. Application monitor
      20. VAIO Event Service 3.0.00.11240
      21. Sony Video Shared Library 3.1.00.10240
      22. Special Button Utility 2.0.00.11220
      23. PX Engine
      24. SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3.00.11090
      25. OpenMG Setup 4.6.01.10041
      26. VAIO Action Setup
      27. VAIO Entertainment Platform 1.4.00.11020
      28. VAIO Media 6.0 SP-013471-00
      29. VAIO Media Integrated Server 6.0.0.10240
      30. VAIO Media Redistribution SP-013497-00
      31. VAIO Media AC3 decoder 1.0.01.09210
      32. DVgate Plus 2.3.00.09300
      33. VAIO Update 3.0.00.11280
      34. Click to DVD 2.6.00.11281
      35. Click to DVD Basic Menu 2.0.03.13120
      36. Click to DVD Add-on Menu
      37. SmartWi
      38. Changer application
      39. My DVD application
      40. InterVideo WinDVD
      41. InterVideo WinDVD BD
      42. Roxio Easy Media Creator v9.0

      Notes:

      • The software provided for each model may vary
      • Not all updates will be immediately available. Please check back periodically for new releases.
      • Some application provided by Sony will be a full version, and therefore the size of the file may be large and take a very long time to download.
      • During the file installation, the computer may need to be rebooted in order for the update to take effect. Please follow the installation instructions provided with each update.

    17. Reconnect the peripheral devices to your computer.
    18. If applicable, reconnect to your network.

    The Windows Vista Clean Install process is now complete.
    Note: If the Memory Stick icon does not display properly in My Computer or in Windows Explorer, visit the Driver/Software support web page for your VAIO computer model, and download and install the update package for Memory Card Reader/Writers.