Upgrading Toshiba TecraM5 from XP to Vista

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I decided to upgrade my Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop with Windows Vista, finally!

The laptop has the logo "Designed for Windows XP,
Windows Vista
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 "Windows

cannot be installed on this computer with the current system BIOS

version. Contact your computer manufacturer for a BIOS update, install

the update, and then start Windows installation again. OEM Name:

TOSHIBA; OEM Model: TECRA M5; BIOS Version: v1.60 ; BIOS Date:


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!

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Alvin Iker Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    before you update from XP to VISTA you better play with one some where first, I dont like the way documents, Pictures And music Has been changed. Well as far as that goes I dont like nothing about it,

    I just bought a new Toshiba lap top with vista on it , I'm going to ask them to take it off and replace it with XP

  • Kevin from Affiliate-Marketing101.com Thursday, August 14, 2008

    I am a webmaster using Windows XP. If I buy the Vista operating system, which one do you think is best for my needs: Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Ultimate or Vista Business?

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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