Upgrading Toshiba TecraM5 from XP to Vista
By arungupta on Apr 01, 2007
|The laptop has the logo "Designed for Windows XP,
Capable". A laptop equipped with
Vista Capable meets minimum requirements of 512 MB RAM which
does not necessarily mean you'll be able to run all your Windows Vista
applications. Rather Vista will deliver
sub-XP performance. So I'm not sure how this
logo needs to be
Anyway, I downloaded Vista and started installing and got the error "
Even though the laptop is advertised Vista capable but still need a BIOS update. Why ?
pcsupport.toshiba.com where all the BIOS updates can be downloaded was down most of this morning and so no updates could be downloaded. Toshiba Tech Support told me that new drivers are uploaded to the website but I don't understand why the complete website has to be down for that.
I found out about Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor from the recorded message at the Tech Support. So I downloaded that and got the same error "Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor encountered an error while scanning your system. If the problem persist, you can uninstall and reinstall the latest version." I'm using the latest version available on their website so this error message makes no sense.
Finally, pcsupport.toshiba.com is now live and I found instructions on how to Upgrade to Windows Vista for Toshiba Tecra M5. This is exactly what I've been looking for and fortunately this document was posted on 3/28 (3 days ago). I'm going to follow the instructions here and provide an update later today.
I'm hoping my next blog will be from my upgraded Vista laptop but so far the experience has not been very pleasant. Fingers crossed!