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Registered: ‎06-18-2013
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Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Any advice on upgrading Sony VAIO VGC-RT100Y All-In-One from Windows Vista Ultimate 64 to Windows 10 Home 64?
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Registered: ‎12-13-2015
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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Hey. There is no upgrade option from Vista to Windows 10. I would suggest doing a clean install of windows 10. Your desktop is not supported by Sony, but it do meet the minimum requirements of windows 10. After the install, download the Vaio Update and make sure to check it,along with the windows update and the device manager for the latest drivers. If the driver is not found on these three, try searching manually on the site of the hardware's manufacturer. If any help needed, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Appreciate your wisdom and advice. Mis-worded my message; meant to say replace rather than upgrade. Just did that lengthy process on my VAIO Tap 20 tablet – from Windows 8.1 to 10. My VAIO All-In-One was getting long in the tooth; System Restore repeatedly failed – “encountered unexpected error” – over a period of months, but finally ran and cleaned up Win Vista Ultimate 64 OS’ accumulated problems. Thought it might be worth the extended hassle and $120 cost of installing Win 10 64-bit. But User comments on Microsoft Store website had endless Win 10 problems with hard disk crashes, lack of drivers, etc. Worst is Sony’s failure to support VAIO, and the lack of drivers for old peripherals like mine. Since my excellent VGC-RT100Y is running reliably again, I’ll put off its replacement for a while. Again, thanks for your help. MWM
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Registered: ‎12-22-2012
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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

I have the same model except 150Y - and have an issue of restarting.  How did you get to have yours run reliably?  I have two all-in-one Vaios- the older one is 150Y and would like it to run again...Huge fan noise and restarts...I think I upgraded it to WIN 7 -

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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Hi Debbierebel: It was pretty hard work (2 days), 50% due to my mistake, below. Followed Brothers Groovin’ advice with clean install of Windows 10 Home 64 (from tiny USB drive in Microsoft box). Set VAIO’s BIOS to boot from USB drive (tap F2 during restart) and made USB Boot #1, but left DVD as Boot #2 – rather than making VAIO’s HD Boot #2, so I was in an endless loop after the USB Win 10 formatted my HD and installed Win 10. I worried about drivers for all my VAIO AIO devices – had CD-DVDs for CanoScan 8400F and laser printer, but nothing for all its internals. Apparently Win 10 had drivers for all of my March 2009 vintage VGC-RT100Y’s devices! Sony Support was no help on my older AIO. Apparently they’re swamped with Sony’s sale of VAIO, trying to keep laptop customers around while VAIO brings out new laptops in Japan. Heaven only knows when VAIO AIO’s will reappear in US. Fortunately, I’d backed up my VAIO HD C:\ and Documents to an external 2T HD (WD MyPassport $80 at Fry’s), and saved backups for Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks and Thunderbird Address book and e-mails. Took another 2+ days to reinstall everything, but my desktop is back to normal. Booting from Win 10 now completes in 1 minute; Vista Ultimate was taking 4-5 minutes, after refreshing that old OS. Windows 10 for Dummies by Woody Leonhard was worth the $35 for holding my hand and avoiding more mistakes, like the endless install loop, above. MWM
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Registered: ‎12-22-2012
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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

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Woman HappyThanks so much for the details....will attempt this as well. I have nothing to lose!
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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

I have Desktop VGC-LV190Y with Vista Ultimate. I have lots of old file, dta ete. as you can imagine I bought 2TB Seagate Back up-plus portable drive. Some say I need to by Backup drive ( not portable) so that I donot loose files. Anyhow What is my best option? My computor runs absolutely fine. Why not upgrade to Widow 7 first, then I can run a free windows 10 upgrade. Is that the logical thing to do?

Can anyone advice me. Thanks

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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Hi Debbierebel: Upgrading your VAIO AIO from Win 7 to 10 should be straight forward – with free download from MS – as long as you’ve backed everything up, and can restore folders & files if needed. Waited at least 2 weeks each, after registering at MS Win 10 download webpage, before MS notified me that Win 10 Home 64 downloads for my VAIO Tap 20 AIO Win 8 64 and MS Surface Pro 2 Win 8 64 were ready. If you’d like to return to Win 7’s Start button/menu and avoid Win 8-10 “touch tiles”, Start8 app was excellent for my VAIO Tap 20 AIO, which came with Win 8. You can configure the Start menu as you like, and make hot corners if you have a touch screen. Stardock Corp. upgraded this app to Start10 for Win 10; download available for free trial from at download.cnet.com – with review and 5 star rating! I’m happily running Start10 on both my VAIO AIOs. As my Sainted Mother would say: “I wish you strength.” MWM
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Registered: ‎12-22-2012
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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

I was just checking - I only have the Vista  - Ultimate so will have to buy the $120 USB like you did

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Re: Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

Hi kalakhel: Your friends are confusing you. You’re using your 2 TB portable hard drive as an external HD with USB connection to your VAIO All-in-One, like I am. I leave mine in place and don’t move it around like a portable. Unless you have Windows 7 installation DVDs, going that route seems like a waste of time. Win10 Home 64-bit costs $120 at Fry’s (tiny USB drive in Microsoft box). Only a “clean install” is recommended by BROTHERS (see replies, above) and 1,000p “Windows 10 for Dummies”. This means reformatting your VAIO’s HD, wiping out your folders, files, programs, installed printers, etc., which you’ll have to reinstall from backup copies on your external HD, program DVDs, downloads, etc. (lots of work). Reformatting my VAIO VGC-RT150Y HD changed it from twin 500 GB RAID-2 drives to single 1 TB HD. Suggest you read Microsoft Windows tech sheets on the steps in upgrading from Windows Vista to Win 10 64-bit. They were helpful knowing what was coming, and I followed them carefully. “Windows 10 for Dummies” is a thorough reference for Win 10, with lots of useful explanations and advice; suggest you read it thoroughly before replacing Windows Vista with Win 10. However, it doesn’t explain how to replace Vista with clean install of Win 10 by resetting your VAIO’s BIOS to install from your USB drive (tap F2 during restart), avoiding my BIOS endless loop mistake, etc. Good luck; you’ll need it. MWM

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