Sony VAIO Japanese Vista Home Premium Upgrade to English Vista Ult

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by woeng, May 6, 2007.

  1. woeng

    woeng Guest

    Any problems with upgrading from Japan Vista Home Premium using a full
    version of the US Vista Ultimate for a Japan Sony VAIO Type S laptop?
    Meaning do all of the Sony applications and drivers work if I did an install
    of the US Vista ultimate? the Upgrade feature on the Vista Ultimate was no
    an option for me to use.
    woeng, May 6, 2007
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  2. woeng

    Ban Strife Guest

    I wouldn't know much about Sony VAIOs but regarding Vista, as long as
    your VAIO was built for Vista, as far as I know (and I'm not saying that
    I'm an expert at this), your drivers would work as they are also built
    for Vista. It's much like HP laptops. In the HP support page, they first
    ask you if you're going to download drivers for a Vista laptop. There is
    another section dedicated for drivers for XP.
    Ban Strife, May 6, 2007
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  3. Since VISTA itself does not contain all the specialized files a laptop
    needs you may find that the text relating to those files -- Help etc will
    appear in Japanese; I think I've come across a reference to this in a
    user message somewhere, not necessarily for a Sony.

    You could either live with this, if you can use the Japanese language
    where it appears, or you could check the US Sony support pages to see if
    US files exist for your model.

    You are likely to find that the exact model number does not appear on the
    US website since manufacturers tend to localize models and in that case
    all you could do is try to match the hardware specifications on a similar
    US model and try the files for that US model.

    The LAPTOP Computing Forum on Compuserve is a good place for support not
    specific to VISTA but users there have plenty of experience of the
    problems of upgrading with VISTA although not too many Sony users appear

    Do Sony supply recovery disks for your model, or a utility on board to
    make them. Make sure you can reinstall the original version if you have
    to and of course back up off the machine any personal files you may have

    Good luck!
    Hugh Wyn Griffith, May 6, 2007
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