Upgrading Windows® XP on Sony® VAIO Z Series Laptop
Tips to upgrade Windows® XP on your Sony VAIO® Z Series laptop.
In a span of less than two years, Microsoft® has released two versions of the Windows® operating system, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7, both with advanced and easy-to-use features and improved security settings. For those users who have installed Windows® XP on their Sony VAIO® Z Series laptop may want to upgrade to the latest version of Windows®.
Discussed here are the tips to upgrade the Windows® XP OS on the laptop and the things to look out for while doing so:
- Minimum upgrade requirements
- Tips for upgrading the OS
- What to look out for when upgrading the OS
Minimum upgrade requirements
First and foremost, determine if you want to upgrade to Windows Vista® or Windows® 7. Since the Sony VAIO® Z Series laptop come preinstalled with Windows® 7, reinstalling the same should not be a problem. In general, the upgrade requirements are as follows: the graphics card should support DirectX® 9 graphics with a WDDM device driver and a minimum of 128 MB graphics memory. Other requirements include 1 GB RAM memory, DVD-ROM drive, audio output, 40 GB hard disk capacity, 1 GHz CPU speed, and Internet connectivity. In comparison with the laptop, the stated configuration requirements are up to par with the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU (1GB VRAM) with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD, built-in DVD drive, up to 8 GB RAM capacity, 2.66GHz Intel® Core i7 CPU, and 500 GB hard disk capacity. This provides the user with an added benefit of not having to upgrade the system hardware in any way.
Tips for upgrading the OS
Just as Windows® XP comes in different versions, so does Windows Vista® and Windows® 7. You need to make a decision on which version to install, i.e. Windows® 7 Home Basic, Windows® 7 Ultimate, or Windows® 7 Professional. However, the Windows® 7 Ultimate edition is better as it has added features such as connecting to a network domain. Having inserted the CD in the optical drive, you will be provided with two choices, clean install or upgrade. The difference is that the former requires your hard disk to be reformatted, where as the later does not. Clean install is much better, as it gives you a fresh clean slate by undoing all the previous bugs.
Have all your current application installation discs at hand, as you will have to reinstall them again. Moreover, the system restore disc will be needed to restore the manufacturer’s factory settings. The downside, however, is that the system speed may be compromised in the process, as the newer versions demand more resources from RAM and CPU.