Installing Microsoft Windows 8 Professional on a Sony VAIO SB Series (VPCSB19GG)

Sony Vaio SB19

I have just gone through the experience of upgrading a Sony VAIO SB Series laptop (model VPCSB19GG) from Windows 7 Professional 64-bit to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. There are a bunch of threads on how to do this on various websites, but this is how I got a clean install working for this model with all of the features of the laptop working (including the troublesome function keys for brightness and Bluetooth functionality).

The core page on the Sony Australia website for this model is: http://www.sony.com.au/support/product/vpcsb19gg

The order of the steps is important:

  1. Do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro (I left the restore partitions on the machine and installed from a USB key – you may need to adjust the BIOS which you can access by pressing F2 at boot)
  2. Once installed, Windows 8 pro will activate automatically
  3. Install the AMD Graphics driver (Graphics Driver (AMD) version 9.1.0.0 for Windows 8 Upgrade – EP0000278443.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit > Software Patches
  4. Install the Fingerprint Driver (FingerPrint (Authentic) – AUDFPD-80275394-0082.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit > OS Upgrade / Downgrade
  5. Install the ALPS Pointing Driver (Pointing Driver (Alps) – ALDOTH-80275593-0082.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit > OS Upgrade / Downgrade
  6. Install the Sony Shared Library (Sony Shared Library – SOASSL-00240000-0040.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Original Driver
  7. Restart the PC
  8. Install the SFEP Driver (SFEP Driver – SFEPDriver.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Original Driver
  9. Restart the PC
  10. Install the Sony Notebook Utilities (Notebook Utilities – SOAOTH-55800000-0042.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Original Driver
  11. The Sony Notebook Utilities will restart the PC once and then restart after completion
  12. Install the VAIO Power Management Updater (VAIO Power Management Updater – SOAVPM-80270503-0082.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit > OS Upgrade / Downgrade
  13. Restart the PC
  14. Install the VAIO Smart Network (VAIO Smart Network – SOASNW-00242468-0042.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Original Driver. To install this particular software you need to use Uniextract to extract the files and then run the setup file in Windows 7 compatibility mode as well as an Administrator. This makes the Bluetooth work properly
  15. Restart the PC
  16. Install the Sony Vaio Control Centre (VAIO Control Center version 6.0.5.10150 for Windows 8 Upgrade – EP0000278194.exe) which can be found in Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit > Software Patches
  17. Restart the PC

You should check that the Notebook Utilities are still working at this point. You can then proceed to install the rest of the applications and Windows updates.