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XP drivers install instructions for the VGN-SZ71 series.

  • Make sure that :
    • the Vaio is set on Speed mode, by moving the switch above the keyboard to Speed
    • the Wireless switch above the keyboard is switched on.
    • The unit is connected on AC power
    • No 3 rd party hardware is connected / installed on the unit when starting this process.
  • Install Windows XP Professional with SP2

!Important note :

  • In case you still would like to recover using F10 from the hard disk to the original Vista preinstalled operating system, please leave the recovery partition in tact.
  • In case you would like to free up some space and remove the recovery partition, please make sure to first create a set of recovery discs using the Recovery wizard in your Vista preinstalled installation.
  • We recommend to quick format the partition you wish to install Windows XP on to avoid conflicts with the preinstalled OS.
  • After the reboot enter windows and go to the downloaded Utilities folder

Install the utilities in the correct order. Starting with Utilities folder 1

  • When during the setup the system asks to reboot, please do so and continue with the next folder when back in windows.
  • When installing the Vaio Event Service, please select the typical install
  • When installing the battery care function, please install first the setup in folder 1, then run the setup in folder 2
  • Audio driver installation :
    • After the reboot, open the Drivers folder, then the audio folder, open folder 1 and run the "KB835221 - Audio hotfix" file and follow the install instructions.
    • 2 Found new hardware dialogs will pop up. Press cancel on these screens
    • Press finish on the KB835221 setup wizard screen
    • Go back out of folder 1 and open folder 2
    • Run the setup file in this folder. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    • Restart the system when finished
  • A Found new hardware dialog will appear after the reboot ( Modem installation).
    • Select No, not this time and press next
    • It will want to install a Modem device. Select "Install from a list of specific location" and press next
    • Select "Search for the best driver in these locations"
    • Deselect "Search removable media"
    • Select "include this location in the search". Press on browse and browse to the modem folder in the Drivers folder and press OK
    • Click on next to continue
    • A Pop-up will appear, please press on "Continue Anyway"
    • Press on Finish to complete the installation
  • Graphics installation :
    • Since we are in Speed mode we will first install the Nvidia Graphics driver:
      • Open the Video_speed folder
      • Run the setup file in the folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
      • The screen will flash a couple of times during the installation, this is normal.
      • When the install is finished, it will ask to restart the computer, please do so
  • Now switch the Stamina/Speed switch above the keyboard to Stamina. Select restart now to switch to Stamina mode.
  • When windows has restarted a Found new hardware wizard will pop-up.
    • Select "No, Not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a list or specific location" and press Next
    • Select "include this location in the search". Press on browse and browse to the Drivers folder and then to the Video_stamina folder and press OK
    • Press Next
  • When this is finished a couple of Found new hardware pop-up windows can appear.
    • Select "Yes, this time only" and press Next
    • Select "Install the software automatically" and press Next
    • Press Finish then the installation is complete.
  • Windows will prompt you to restart the system, please press Yes to restart
  • Bluetooth installation :
    • Browse to the downloaded Drivers folder and open the Bluetooth folder
    • Run the setup program. Follow the on-screen instructions
    • Reboot the PC when requested at the end of the installation
    • After the reboot the computer will make some sounds indicating new hardware being connected, this is normal.
  • Wireless LAN drivers installation:
    • Browse to the downloaded Drivers folder and then open the WLAN folder
    • Start the setup file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Other drivers installations :

  • Camera driver installation :
    • Run the setup file from the Camera Folder

Other drivers installations :

Open the Device manager :

  • Go to Start > Control Panel
  • Double click on "System"
  • Click on the Hardware tab and click on "Device Manager"
  • Network controller driver installation:
    • Right click on the Ethernet Controller item under Other devices and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the Network folder and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
  • Mass Storage controller (Memorystick):
    • Right click on the Mass Storage Controller item under Other devices and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the FlashMedia folder and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
    • Restart the PC
  • Memory stick Icon installation
    • Browse to the folder Drivers and then Memorystick_driver_patch in the drivers folder
    • Run the Install Batch file in the folder
  • Touchpad driver :
    • Go to Start > Control Panel
    • Double click on "System"
    • Click on the Hardware tab and click on "Device Manager"
    • Click on the + before Mice and other pointing devices
    • Right click on the PS/2 Compatible mouse item and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the Pointing folder and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
    • Restart the PC
  • TPM module installation (for units with a TPM module)
    Note :Only applicable in case you did not install the optional TMP utility
    • Go to Start > Control Panel
    • Double click on "System"
    • Click on the Hardware tab and click on "Device Manager"
    • Right click on the Unknown device item under Other devices and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the TPM folder and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
  • Sony Notebook controller
    • Go to Start > Control Panel
    • Double click on "System"
    • Click on the Hardware tab and click on "Device Manager"
    • Click on the + before "Human interface devices"
    • Right click on the Sony "Notebook Control device" item and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the SNC and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
    • Do not restart the PC.
  • Sony PI controller
    • Click on the + before "Human interface devices"
    • Right click on the Sony "Notebook Programmable I/O Control device" item and select Update driver
    • Select "No, not this time" and press Next
    • Select "Install from a specific location" and press Next
    • Click on Browse and browse to the Drivers folder and select there the Sony_PI folder and press Ok
    • Click on Next
    • Click on Finish when done
    • Restart the PC
  • For the models with integrated Wireless WAN functionalities :
    Important notes :
    * Some operator specific functionalities will not be available after the

downgrade to Windows XP (e.g. Video telephony, etc)
* Make sure the battery is properly connected to the Vaio.

  • Open the WWAN folder in the Drivers folder
  • Run the setup.exe file.
  • When the setup is complete, open the Wireless Switching Utility (click on Start à Control Panel à Switch to classic view à Vaio control Center à Network connections à Wireless switch settings)
  • Enable the Wireless WAN function by ticking the box in front of it and press Ok.
  • The system will now automatically start install the drivers, this can take 1-2 minutes.

-> Use the Globetrotter icon on the desktop to start the Wireless WAN connection manager.

-> Make sure to insert your SIM card properly in the slot behind the battery and to re-insert the battery afterwards.

This completes the XP downgrade setup.

Important note : DVD playback is not natively supported in Windows XP, so a separate program is needed in order to playback DVD movies. This software will not be supplied by Sony.

File Info

File Name

  • 9_MemoryStick_Driver.zip

File architecture

  • 32 bit

File Size

  • 161.96 Kb

Release Date

  • 71-22-2008