By arungupta on Apr 10, 2007
There was no need to restart Vista.
There was no need to restart Vista.
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:
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:
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.
|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!
Arun Gupta is a technology enthusiast, a passionate runner, author, and a community guy who works for Oracle Corp.