Laptop upgrade to Vista Ultimate

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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

  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


  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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Comments ( 8 )
  • Chris Lovett Thursday, May 24, 2007
    Thanks for this super useful post - I have the same laptop.
  • christopher Hagley Monday, August 13, 2007

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

  • David Isaacs Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    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 vcoutts77@hotmail.co.uk

  • shozel ahmed Thursday, December 27, 2007

    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

  • MAJ s k bakshi Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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

  • abbas Saturday, August 9, 2008

    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 abbas_azim@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

    thank you

  • laptop battery Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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

  • links of london jewellery Saturday, November 21, 2009

    It was a very nice idea! Just wanna say thank you for the information you have shared. Just continue writing this kind of post. I will be your loyal reader. Thanks again.


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