Upgrade Windows® XP in Sony® VAIO F Series
Before the launch of Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating system, the majority of users were previously based on Windows XP/ ME/2000 operating system. With features such as the parental control, firewall settings, file encryption and an improved graphical user interface, Windows 7 has become the new operating system platform. However, many times users have lost valuable data due to wrong upgrade procedures and have had to spend hundreds of dollars in restoring the system back to its previous state. Having recognized this, the article aims at equipping you with the right methods to adopt in the process of upgrading Windows XP to either Windows Vista or Windows 7 in your Sony VAIO F Series Laptop.
- System requirements needed for a successful upgrade
- Things to keep in mind
- Issues that may rise
System specifications requirements needed for a successful upgrade
To successfully upgrade Windows XP to either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, minimum system requirements are to be met such as Video graphics card with DirectX9 support or higher, DVD-ROM, sound output, 16 GB hard disk space, 1 GB RAM memory capacity and 1 GHz processor speed. In comparison with the PC technical specifications of 3 GHz Intel processor with a Turbo Boost, 2 GB RAM memory, DVD ROM and a 500 GB hard disk capacity, the upgrade process can be easily carried out without the need to add a new hardware device.
Things to keep in mind
First and foremost, keep a backup all the vital data from the hard disk to an external memory, i.e. flash disk, external hard drive or optical disks to protect against data loss due to unforeseen event. Secondly, ensure that you have program installation disks of all the applications installed in your PC as the process will erase all installed software. Recovery disk will also be needed to restore the manufacturer’s default settings, i.e. factory settings. Where this facility of factory setting restoration is not included in the laptop packaging, users can store in recovery partition of the hard disk. Backup this data to a set of CDs or DVDs. Lastly, it is worth noting that direct upgrade from Windows XP can only be carried out for Windows Vista and not Windows 7. In such a case, you can upgrade to Windows Vista and then to Windows 7 or uninstall Windows XP to pave way for fresh installation of Windows 7.
The factory settings provided by the manufacturer may have been conditioned to work only with Windows XP and may not be compatible with the upgraded version. In such a case, download and install updated drivers from the manufacturer’s support website to prevent these issues from rising.