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 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
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
Documents and Settings directories to
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.