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VAIO Update Overview

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VAIO Update Overview

This article provides an introduction to the purpose and functionality of VAIO Update.   For more information, we recommend to consult the built-in help file.

NOTE:  If you want to provide us feedback about specific functionalities or issues with VAIO Update 5, please use the feedback box at the left, and include your VAIO's serial number, which can be located in
Start - All Programs - VAIO Control Center, or
Start - Programs - Sony Notebook Setup).

What is VAIO Update?

VAIO Update provides you with important product-related information and easy access to updates for VAIO applications and drivers, which are recommended to help keep your VAIO computer running efficiently.

This program only provides updates for bundled hardware and software. To update Windows operating system files, please use Windows Update.
VAIO Update comes installed on VAIO computers pre-installed with Windows XP, Vista or 7, and those that were shipped after June 2004. It is NOT available for older models.  

VAIO Update 5 is released for all VAIO computers shipped after June 2004.  It is made available during December 2009.  When updating from a previous version, a restart of your system is required.

Some general remarks

  • When Automatic Updates are installed, the downloaded files are automatically deleted as part of the process. Files that you download for Manual Updates will remain in the C:\Update directory. Once a Manual Update has been successfully installed, you can delete the downloaded files.
  • It is not possible to hide updates from this list without installing them. If you do not want to install specific updates, you should not select them. They will remain visible in the list so that they can be installed in case you ever need them.

Accessing VAIO Update

can be done in the following ways:

  • From the Windows Taskbar
    • Click Start
    • Point to All Programs and 
    • click on VAIO Update 5.
  • Right-click the VAIO Update icon in the taskbar, and select  Check for Updates

The VAIO Update Screen

Check for Updates

In this screen you will get an overview of update programs which are available for your system.
While installing updates, we recommend to use your notebook on AC power.

The Update Programs section is divided into two areas: Automatic Updates and Manual Updates. Below these sections, you will find a link to updates which have already been installed, and a description of the icons.

Automatic Updates
To start, select the updates you wish to install, and then click the Update Now button. The selected updates will be downloaded and automatically installed on your computer. During this process, please follow any on-screen instructions that may appear.

Manual Updates
To start, click to select the updates you wish to install, and then click the Download button. The VAIO Update program will download the selected update file(s) to the following location on your computer: C:\update\[update file name].
To view installation instructions for each update, click the name of the update in the VAIO Update page.
Once the files are downloaded, you can click on the Install button. Windows Explorer will open and show the installer file.  

Important Info

This section will provide urgent support and security news.

Successful Updates

This section gives an overview of previously successfully installed updates.