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Windows 7 Upgrade information
 Notes on Upgrading to Windows 7
 About Restrictions on your computer
 About Restrictions on the Sony software products
 About Restrictions on the third-party software products
 How to Upgrade to Windows 7
NOTE: Download the VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade Utility first to an external
device before proceeding

o 1. Back-up your data
o 2. Recover your computer system
o 3. Run the downloaded file (VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade Utility)
o 4. Upgrade your computer system to the Windows 7 operating system
o 5. Run the VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade Utility again
o 6. Restore your data from the backup copy
 Notes after the upgrade
 About Software Updates

Notes on Upgrading to Windows 7
The Windows 7 Upgrade is available on models that support an upgrade to the Windows 7
operating system only.
 Be sure to follow the instructions in this manual to upgrade your VAIO® computer
system to the Windows 7 operating system.
 Recovering your computer system is required for an upgrade to the Windows 7 operating
system.
 Be sure to back up your valuable data. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and
damages arising after the upgrade.
 Be sure to disconnect all peripheral devices, which are not necessary for the upgrade,
from your computer in advance.
 Turn off and on your computer if the computer freezes when it restarts during the
upgrade process.
 Be sure to use an AC adapter to power your computer during the upgrade process if you
use the laptop computer. (Do not disconnect the AC adapter from the computer while
upgrading the computer.)
 Be sure to create recovery discs before the upgrade in case of problems occurring after
the upgrade. For information on how to create recovery discs, see the printed
Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide.


About Restrictions on your computer
After you upgrade your computer system to the Windows 7 operating system, the following
functions, which were available on the Windows Vista operating system, are restricted.
NOTE: Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
 The VAIO Windows 7 upgrade Utility does not include some software applications.
Download and install such software with the VAIO Update software, if originally
installed, after the upgrade.
 Windows Media Center does not support playback of a DSD file. To play it, use
Windows Media Player or SonicStage Mastering Studio.
 Depending on the model you use, you cannot run Windows Aero due to restrictions on
the computer.
 Windows 7 does not include email software. If you want to use Windows Mail or
Outlook Express, it is recommended that you download Windows Live Mail.
 On models with Windows Vista Ultimate: When you enable the BitLocker Drive
Encryption feature, you cannot upgrade your computer system. To disable it, click Start,
Control Panel, Security, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Turn Off BitLocker Drive
Encryption, and Disable BitLocker Drive Encryption. After the upgrade is complete,
enable it again.
 On VGN-TT2 series models: The wireless LAN driver may be uninstalled during the
upgrade process. It will be provided by the VAIO Update software.
 Disc writing
If you write data to a DVD-RW disc or a DVD±R DL disc using the disc writing function
on the operating system and remove the disc from the computer after that, you will not be
able to add any data to the disc.

About Restrictions on the Sony software products
 SonicStage Mastering Studio/DSD Direct
You cannot play a DSD disc created with the SonicStage Mastering Studio or DSD
Direct software by selecting the disc on Windows Media Player or Windows Media
Center.
To play it, double-click the DSD file on the disc in Windows Explorer or copy the DSD
file to your computer, and then select the file on Windows Media Player.
 VAIO Media plus
If your computer is one of the VGN-P Series models, VAIO Media plus is uninstalled
during the upgrade process.

 DVR-MS files (Extension: dvr-ms) are not supported if you upgrade the computer system
to Windows 7 using VA7U.
 VAIO MusicBox
AAC files (Extension: m4a, 3gp) are not supported if you upgrade the computer system
to Windows 7 using VA7U.
 VAIO Analysis Manager
The result of the analysis conducted by VAIO Analysis Manager is deleted during the
upgrade process. You need to analyze content with VAIO Analysis Manager again.
 VAIO Recovery Center
VAIO Recovery Center is uninstalled if you upgrade the computer system to Windows 7
using VA7U. After the upgrade, the features, such as Create Recovery Disc and Reinstall
Programs or Drivers on VAIO Recovery Center, will not be available.
 Hardware Guide
The on-screen Hardware Guide for the Windows 7 operating system will not be provided.

About Restrictions on third-party software products
The following problems may occur on some preinstalled third-party software after the upgrade:
 Some features on the software are restricted.
 The software does not run on the Windows 7 operating system.
For contacts about the third-party software
Sony does not provide any support for errors occurring on third-party software.
For contacts on third-party software, see Software Guide.
The type of software is installed on your computer depends on the model you purchased. Visit
the web site at http://www.sony-asia.com/productcategory/it-personal-computer to find out
which software is installed on your model.

How to Upgrade to Windows 7

❑ Be sure to turn off the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch (for models with theWireless
LAN function only).
❑ Be sure to disconnect all connected peripheral devices from the computer except the
following devices:
• the supplied AC adapter or power cord
• a docking station (if you have one)
• a display/LAN adapter (if you have one)
• a computer display (on desktop models without any computer display)
• an external optical disc drive (on models without an optical disc drive)
Follow the steps below to upgrade the current system to the Windows 7 operating system:
Back-up your data
Make sure you back up your valuable data to an external storage device, such as documents or
pictures, stored on your hard disk.
See the printed Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide for information on how to back up the data.
If you have renewed the McAfee PC Security Center subscription, write down your email
address and password you have registered. You need to enter them to reactivate the subscription
after the upgrade. To retrieve your password, visit the web site at http://service.mcafee.com.
❑ To back up data for your email software
Follow the steps below for the email software of which you want to back up data.
Windows 7 does not include email software. If you want to use Windows Mail or Outlook
Express, it is recommended that you download Windows Live Mail.
• Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
1. Start Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
2. Click File on the menu bar and Import and Export.
3. Select Export to a file and click Next.
4. Select Personal Folder File (.pst) and click Next.

5. Select the folder from which you want to export and click Next.
• To back up each folder individually, leave the Include subfolders check box unchecked.
• To back up all data in the selected folder including its subfolders, select the Include subfolders
check box.
6. Click Browse and select a location to save the exported file.
7. Enter a file name you can easily recognize in File name and click OK.
8. Click Finish.
• Outlook Express
Back up your account information, mail file, and address book, in that order.
1. Account information
1. Start Outlook Express Ver.6.0.
2. Click Tools on the menu bar and Accounts.
3. Click the Mail tab and select the name of the account you want to export from the list.
4. Click Export.
5. Select a location to save the exported data in the Export Internet Account window.</ p>
6. Enter Mail account in File name and click Save.
7. Click Close to close the window.
2. Mail file
1. Click Tools on the menu bar and Options.
2. Click the Maintenance tab and Store Folder.
3. Open the save folder in the Store Folder window with Internet Explorer Browser.
With the default settings, the save folder is located in Hidden Folders.
4. Select all files whose extensions are dbx in the save folder, right-click them, and click Copy.
5. Create a folder in your desired location, right-click it, and select Paste.

6. Check if the all selected files are copied to the folder.
3. Address book
1. Click Tools on the menu bar and Address Book.
2. Click File on the menu bar, Export, and Address Book (WBA).
3. Select the file you want to export in the Export Address Book selection window.
4. Enter Address Book in File name and click Save.
5. Click OK to close the window.
• Windows Mail
Back up your account information, mail file, and address book, in that order.
1. Account information
1. Start Windows Mail.
2. Click Tools on the menu bar and Accounts.
3. Select the name of the account you want to export from the list and click Export.
4. Select a location to save the exported data in the Export Internet Account window.
5. Enter a file name in File name and click Save.
6. Click Close to close the window.
2. Mail file
1. Click File on the menu bar, Export, and Messages.
2. Select Microsoft Windows Mail and click Next.
3. Click Browse and select a location to save the exported file and Select Folders.
4. Click Next.
5. Select All folders and click Next.
6. Click Finish.

3. Address book
1. Click File on the menu bar, Export, and Windows Contacts.
2. Select CSV (Comma Separated Values) in the Export Windows Contacts window and click
Export.
3. Click Browse and select a folder to save the exported file.
4. Enter Contacts in File name and click Save.
5. Click Next.
6. Select the check box for your desired item and click Finish.
If you cannot decide which item to select, select all items.
7. Click OK.
8. Click Close to close the window.
Recover your computer system
See the printed Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide for information on how to recover your
computer system.
Windows 7 Upgrade needs information on the recovery partition to upgrade your computer
system to the Windows 7 operating system. If you have deleted the recovery partition, recover
the computer system using the recovery discs to restore the computer to its factory default
settings.
Third-party software except some software cannot be installed after the upgrade since Windows
7 Upgrade does not contain all the third-party software.
To start the Windows 7 setup, you need to log onto your computer with a user name which
contains only alphanumeric characters and as a user with administrator rights.
It takes a few hours to complete the upgrade process.
Run the downloaded file (VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade Utility)
NOTE: Firstly, please copy the file stored in the external device to the local drive of the
computer before proceeding.
1. Double-click the downloaded file. Once the installation is done, click Start and type VAIO
Windows 7 Upgrade
in the Search text field, Press Enter.

2. This will display the VA7U Top page showing all the files (applications/drivers) needed to be
executed prior to upgrading to Windows 7
3. Click the Upgrade Procedure button in the VA7U Top Page to check the softwares that need
to be uninstalled prior to upgrading. Before proceeding to the next step, please uninstall the
drivers or applications listed in the VA7U Top Page manually. If there are no instructions listed
in the VA7U Top Page, please skip this step.
4. To run the Automatic Updates, click the Start Upgrading button. The system will prompt
the user to restart the system after the installation for automatic updates. Please take note that
after restart, it will reopen the VA7U Top Page. Repeat this step until there are no more
available automatic updates.
5. To run the Manual Updates, click the Start Downloading button. Files downloaded need to
be installed manually and it can be found in C:\Update folder. If there are no manual updates
available, please skip this step. After installation of manual updates, this may require users to
restart the system. Once the system starts up, if there are no more available manual updates,
please proceed to install the Windows 7 Operating System.
Upgrade your computer system to the Windows 7 operating system
To upgrade your computer system, follow these steps:
1. Insert the Windows 7 Media into the drive while the Windows Vista is running on the
computer.
2. Follow the on-screen instructions until the window to select the type of installation appears.
3. Click Upgrade.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade process.
Run the VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade Utility again
1. Click Start and type VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade in the Search text field, Press Enter.
2. Perform the steps 3, 4 and 5 in “Run the downloaded file (VAIO Windows 7 Upgrade
Utility)”
section above again.
Manual Updates
Bluetooth Installation steps:
1. Open C:\Updates\EP0000206086.
2. Double-click the .exe file.

3. Open C:\Upgrade\Drivers\Broadcom.
4. Double-click Setup.exe.
5. Follow the instructions displayed in the installation wizard.

BIOS Installation steps:
1. Open C:\Updates\EP0000209709 (for VGN-Z2), C:\Updates\EP0000209696 (VGN-
Z3 and VGN-Z4), C:\Updates\EP0000209695 (for VGB-TT),
C:\Updates\EP0000209697 (for VGN-SR)
2. Double-click the .exe file.
3. Open C:\Upgrade\BIOS\EP0000209709 (for VGN-Z2),
C:\Upgrade\BIOS\EP0000209696
(VGN-Z3 and VGN-Z4),
C:\Upgrade\BIOS\EP0000209695
(for VGN-TT), C:\Upgrade\BIOS\EP0000209697
(for VGN-SR)
4. Double-click the .exe file.
5. Follow the instructions displayed in the installation wizard.
Restore your data from the backup copy
See the printed Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide for information on how to restore your
data.
❑ To restore the data for your email software from the backup copy
• Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
You first need to set up Microsoft Office to install Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
1. Start and set up Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
2. Click File on the menu bar and Import and Export.
3. Select Import from another program or file and click Next.
4. Select Personal Folder File (.pst) and click Next.
5. Click Browse, select the backup copy of the personal folder file (.pst), and click Next.

6. Select a folder to import or top-level folder to import multiple folders including its subfolders
and click Finish.
• Windows Mail and Outlook Express
You first need to install Windows Live Mail. Visit the following web site at
http://download.live.com/wlmail to download and install the Windows Live Mail installer.
1. Account information
1. Start Windows Live Mail.
If the window notifying you to add the email account window appears, click Cancel and then
Yes at the confirmation prompt.
2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar and click Tools and Accounts.
3. Click Import.
4. Select the backup copy of your account information and click Open.
5. The account information is imported.
2. Mail file
1. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar and click File, Import, and Messages.
2. Select the software for which you made the backup file of the mail file and click Next.
3. Click Browse, select the backup copy of the mail file, and click Next.
4. Select a folder to import the backup copy and click Next.
5. Click Finish.
3. Address book
1. Click the address book at the lower left corner of the window.
2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar.
Windows Mail
1. Click File, Import, and CSV (Comma Separated Values).
2. Click Browse, select the backup copy of the address book, and click Open.

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