upgrade Windows® XP® in Sony® VAIO X Series
Tips to upgrade windows xp in sony vaio x series
With the quick release of Windows 7 after Windows Vista operating system, users based on the previous system software, e.g. Windows XP/Me/2000 are all spoilt for choices. There is no doubt about the capabilities of the new operating systems with features such as the parental control, enhanced firewall settings and encryption among others. The upgrade process is an easy one unlike what you may have heard and does not require much effort from your side other than time dedication. To give you a head start, the article discusses into detail tips to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 in Sony VAIO X Series.
Discussed herein are:
- System requirements needed for an upgrade
- Things to keep in mind
- Issues that may rise
System requirements needed for an upgrade
It is recommended that before undertaking any software upgrade process that you predetermine the system requirements needed to install and run it. This is necessary so as to avoid any compatibility issues that may rise thereafter. To upgrade to either Windows Vista or 7, the following minimum system requirements are needed that are 1 GHz processor speed, 1 GB RAM memory, DVD-ROM drive, 40 GB hard disk space, video graphics card with DirectX9 support and audio output. In comparison with the laptop technical specification of 2 GHz Intel processor, 2 GB RAM memory, Intel high definition audio and 500 GB hard disk space, the upgrade process can easily be carried out without the need to install new hardware components.
Things to keep in mind
To avoid falling a victim of data loss due to an unforeseen event, begin by backing up all data vital for the hard disk to an external storage media, i.e. removable hard disk, DVD etc. In addition, gather all of the application installation disks installed in the PC and the device drivers as the process will remove all of the installed application programs and device drivers. These are necessary for the purpose of rebuilding the PC back to its original status. Moreover, direct upgrade from Windows XP is only possible when moving to Windows Vista and not Windows 7 operating system. In a case where you need to switch to Windows 7, you can either upgrade to Windows Vista and then to Windows7 or remove the current system software to pave a way for a fresh installation.
The process of restoring the default factory settings may pose some challenges as the provided recovery disk may have been preconditioned to work only with Windows XP. In such an instances, you may notice incompatibility issues with some hardware components due to missing driver files.