Laptop upgrade to Vista Ultimate

Follow up from previous entry.

I'm doing this on Toshiba Tecra M5 S433.

The document on how to Upgrade to Windows Vista for Toshiba Tecra M5 gave two options of "manual upgrade" and "manual clean installation". I decided to go the clean installation route mainly because it's simpler and cleaner. Here are the 4 steps listed in the document:

  1. Update the computer's BIOS
  2. Download the Toshiba RAID driver (if required)
  3. Install Windows Vista
  4. Download and install Toshiba software components for Windows Vista

The first step was straight forward so I updated the BIOS to Version 3.20. 2nd step was not required. Then I used the Vista DVD to install the media. And voila, it worked! The last step was kind painful as the document lists 23 software components that need to be downloaded and installed. I talked to the technical support and they said everybody needs to individually download each piece individually and then install them. Why can't Toshiba create a package with all the components that can be downloaded and installed easily ?

Anyway, to save some effort for others, I've provided the list of all the software components after searching for a download link for each of the component:

  1. Alps Pointing Device Driver (driver_touchpad_25333A.exe)
  2. Bluetooth Monitor (util_bluetooth_monitor_25351C.exe)
  3. Bluetooth Stack (driver_bluetooth_25503A.exe)
  4. PCIe Mini Card Driver (driver_wifi_intel_25485B.exe)
  5. Intel Calistoga GM Display Driver (?)
  6. nVidia Display Driver (driver_display_nvidia_25409E.exe)
  7. SigmaTel Audio HD Driver (driver_audio_sigmatel_25410B.exe)
  8. Toshiba Fingerprint Utility (util_fingerprint_25535A.exe)
  9. Toshiba Software Modem (driver_modem_25342E.exe)
  10. CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer (util_drive_silencer_25330E.exe)
  11. Config Free (util_config_free_25573A.exe)
  12. TOSHIBA Assist (util_assist_25533A.exe)
  13. TOSHIBA Disc Creator (util_disc_creator_25489B.exe)
  14. TOSHIBA Extended Tiles for Windows Mobility Center (util_extended_tiles_25331C.exe)
  15. Toshiba HDD Protection (util_hdd_protection_25580A.exe)
  16. TOSHIBA IE Favorites Links
  17. TOSHIBA SD Memory Boot Utility (util_sd_memory_boot_25469C.exe)
  18. TOSHIBA SD Memory Utilities (util_sd_memory_25479B.exe)
  19. TOSHIBA Security Assist (util_security_assist_25329B.exe)
  20. Toshiba Software Upgrades (util_software_upgrades_25157C.exe)
  21. TOSHIBA Value Added Package (util_tvap_25459E.exe)
  22. User's Guide - Unattended Installation
  23. Wireless Key Logon (util_wireless_key_logon_25356D.exe)

This was quite a time consuming process since I had to search for exact match of my laptop's model (Tecra M5 S433) and then copy/paste the link etc. Anyway of the entire list, so far I've installed #9 since that allows me to login to my laptop using biometrics and I love that functionality. May be I'll install others later but I'm good for now.

As I mentioned earlier, this entry is indeed from my laptop with Vista Ultimate now. One good thing with Vista installation is that it preserved all my personal data (which is huge directory space) so there was no need for backing up the laptop. Instead it moved Windows, Program Files and Documents and Settings directories to windows.old. This makes using old data really easy.

So overall, not a bad experience but I spent significant part of my Sunday doing this installation. Hopefully this will save some time for you.

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Thanks for this super useful post - I have the same laptop.

Posted by Chris Lovett on May 24, 2007 at 11:53 AM PDT #

I have a statelite M45 S331 has any one sucessfully loaded Vista Ultimate on this

Posted by christopher Hagley on August 12, 2007 at 07:46 PM PDT #

i have a toshiba satellite a10 will any info help me to upgrade it from a xp professional to this ultimate package? if so is it possible to let me know. thanks. email me at

Posted by David Isaacs on August 15, 2007 at 08:41 AM PDT #

I have a toshiba m5 laptop and currently have xp pro install. It needs rebooting because its going to crash. Can someone help/advice where to get the software for my laptop such as wifi, finger print, sd reader etc

Posted by shozel ahmed on December 26, 2007 at 11:19 PM PST #

i have got ACER ASPIRE 1641 with 256mb RAM, i want to upgrade it to 1GB OR if possible 2GB. pl quote rates

Posted by MAJ s k bakshi on January 01, 2008 at 08:30 AM PST #

i am dealing with Toshiba Portege M600 E3412 i want to know if i can download windows vista home premium in it. please answer me on my e-mail as soon as possible.

thank you

Posted by abbas on August 09, 2008 at 04:44 AM PDT #

i want to know if i can download windows vista home premium in it. please answer me

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