Sony Vaio Downgrade From Windows Vista To Windows XP

by on January 23, 2008

Q: I am having a problem with my Sony Vaio VGN-N350N notebook that is currently running Windows Vista Business Edition and I have decided the best solution is to downgrade to Windows XP if it is even possible. I don’t know if my notebook will support Windows XP though. It would be very helpful if you could tell me if my computer would support Windows XP and where I could download some drivers that will be compatible with my model.

A: Here is a list of drivers I put together based on Sony’s Vista driver listing for your laptop. Use these at your own risk. Backup all important data and keep your Vista restore disks handy if this totally fails.

Ethernet Driver Yukon 88E8036
Realtek Audio Driver (Sorry, no model listed on the Sony website, you might need to experiment.)
Intel 945GM Video Driver
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

This should take care of your most important drivers and Windows XP should be able to auto detect a lot of other things. Beyond that, some googling and the Sony page I linked to should put you in business.


3 Responses to “Sony Vaio Downgrade From Windows Vista To Windows XP”
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    IF you own a TZ or SZ6 series Sony will SHIP you a DVD with XP Pro and all the xp drivers.

    The XP drivers are also now available on sony’s website.

    http://esupport.sony.com/perl/news-item.pl?news_id=221&mdl=VGNSZ650N

    For a limited time, Sony will provide a DVD set to downgrade from Windows Vista® Business to Windows® XP Professional for VAIO VGN-TZ100 and VGN-SZ600 series notebooks. This DVD set will be sent by mail.

    http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item.pl?mdl=VGNSZ650N&news_id=240

    Maybe there is a similar program for the N series.

    By the way, please read the notes on functionality, some people say it works perfectly some say it doesn’t. Hopefully mine will work, ships soon.

     
  2.  

    use any means you have to contact me I can and will help. just Upgraded my AR390E from MEII(Vista) to XPMCE. Got everything working except the cam and the extra buttons on the keyboard surface. apparrently the came was only put in vista machines so the heck with it.

     
  3.  

    Dear riend,

    I m having Sony Vaio VGN-FZ240E
    Can i downgrade it to XP using the drivers mentioned above OR it reqs another set of drivers ?
    Pls help me i m fed up of VISTA.. its really a very bad operating system.. Thanks