Windows 7 on Vaio Z - Procedure

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  1. cariparo

    cariparo Newbie

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    1 - Download original drivers and utilities from VAIO support and unpack everything in your USB key
    2 - Install Windows 7 from DVD
    3 - Create on your desktop a directory called "All drivers" and copy usbpen content inside
    4 - Goto Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update and select Check for updates (install everything except Nvidia)
    5 - Goto Control Panel\System and Security\System and select device manager
    6 - For each harware component (discovered or undiscovered) right click and select "Update driver software", choose "Browse my computer for driver software" and choose above created directory "All drivers". Let Windows scan alone the subdirectories and install the drivers. Except Nvidia video card !
    7 - Don't update component inside "System devices" tree
    8 - Install Nvidia drivers using original setup. It may crash at the end, but everytinig is installed
    9 - Reboot
    10 - Respecting the following order:

    1-Sony Programmable IO Control ​
    2-Sony Firmware Extension Parser ​
    3-Sony Shared Library ​
    4-Sony Setting Utility ​
    5-Sony VAIO Event Service ​
    6-VAIO Control Center ​
    7-VAIO Power Management ​
    8-Sony ISB Utility ​
    9-Sony HDD Protection Filter Driver ​
    10-VAIO CAMERA CAPTURE UTILITY ​
    11-VAIO SMART NETWORK 2.1_ 2.1.00.07300 ​
    12-PROTECTOR_SUITE_QL_5.6.2.4286 ​
    13-WWAN_CONNECTION_MANAGER_2.3.0.630 ​

    open each directory and only if it contains a setup file, like setup.exe or install.exe execute it.

    11 - Goto Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update and select Check for updates (install everything, never update Nvidia driver, Windows update have a newone but not work)
    11 - Reboot the system
    12 - Open Vaio Network Utility and turn on WWAN
    13 - Windows ask for drivers: as above select "All drivers" directory
    14 - Reboot the system

    Everything should work, including special keys, stamina swithc and Fn Keys
    Tested on 3 VGN-Z21VN without problems.



    Sorry for bad english..
    Enjoy.
    Carip.
     
  2. FenderP

    FenderP Notebook Deity

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    My order was similar but slightly different (see the existing Win 7 on Z thread). My Z doesn't have the fingerprint swipe or camera. You are also missing the bluetooth stuff as well as the RAID stuff; with Windows 7 detected it, I still installed the Widcomm stuff.

    Does your Fn + brightness work with the NVidia? It's the only thing those of us who have done it can't seem to get working.
     
  3. scub4st3v3

    scub4st3v3 Notebook Enthusiast

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    how do you unpack all the drivers? all I get is .exe files... and using 7zip to extarct them doesn't give anything useful...
     
  4. jim_0068

    jim_0068 Notebook Consultant

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    you can just double click and let them install; however the intel chipset driver you will have to install via compatibility mode (vista)
     
  5. scub4st3v3

    scub4st3v3 Notebook Enthusiast

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    also, my Control Center freezes up whenever launched.. I didn't follow any specific order when I first installed 7... should I reinstall and follow the order above?
     
  6. cariparo

    cariparo Newbie

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    Hi, sorry for late response:
    - I didnt install anything in compatibility mode
    - Fn work in stamina and speed also
    - I download the drivers from vaiolink website (Italy) some are with installer and some not (sometimes you have the installer and also the directory with the .inf and .sys)
    - All application work correctly

    I'm trying to create some videos...

    Carip.
     
  7. scub4st3v3

    scub4st3v3 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Awesome... I'll try to do it your way later tonight and report back with my findings... I think you're the first person to have EVERYTHING functioning correctly.
     
  8. williamd

    williamd Notebook Geek

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    how about the link to drivers and utilities you used ! thank you
     
  9. zhihong

    zhihong Notebook Enthusiast

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    hey guys i have a guestion, i thought windows 7 doesnt support crossfire and sli gpu. what about this?
    thnx for your response!

    Zhihong
     
  10. yawdapaah

    yawdapaah Notebook Geek

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    I didn't bother with the sony utilities. I don't use the brightness fn keys and the sound ones work just fine. Less processes for me :)
     
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