Install Windows 10 on Sony Vaio Z VPCZ1

Sony vaio Z Z1 drivers download

It is not a straight forward way to get Windows 10 up and running on the Sony Vaio Z1 laptop but we have provided a step-by-step way on how to get it done. There are two important steps to follow and this involves installing hacked BIOS and patched, modified Nvidia driver. In first step, we will be hacking the BIOS.

Now since the Sony Vaio Z comes with two graphics chips, Nvidia and Intel, we need to take about the Nvidia discrete GPU. The integrated Intel chipset is handled well by the windows itself. However the Nvidia driver will simply refuse to install.

Sony vaio Z Z1 drivers download

# Use the RUFUS tool above to create a new bootable USB, MS-DOS mode
# Download a tool call FLASH*T (# = I, remember to replace # = I from now on) here, later you will use this tool to copy your original bios to the USB and also flash your new hacked bios
# Download a tool call PYTHON here, just use 2.7.x.x, don’t use 3.x.x.x
# Install PYTHON onto your bootable MS-DOS USB
# Download advance menu for your hack bios from here (you will need to register)
# Extract the zip, you get the file ADVANCED_MENU.PY
# Copy ADVANCED_MENU.PY into APP folder in the PYTHON folder

# Use USB to boot into DOS, after booting, at C drive (or any drive), then type dos command:
- C: [Enter] (DOS command, go to driver C)
- FLASH*T DUMP.ROM /G [Enter] (copy you your original Bios into C)

# remove USB, boot into Window and plugin USB again
# Copy DUMP.ROM into APP folder in PYTHON folder
# run CMD from window to open command prompt

# Change (CD) to USB drive, then goto (CD) APP folder in PYTHON folder, then type dos command:
- PYTHON ADVANCED_MENU.PY DUMP.ROM NEW.ROM [Enter] (Tweak your bios into NEW.ROM file)

# If you see any error reported from above PYTHON command, stop here, proceed fail. So, for safety purpose, you may want to proceed this step BEFORE upgrade to Window 10, to ensure you can hack the Bios later.

# Quit the command prompt and copy NEW.ROM back to root directory of USB drive

# Reboot using USB drive, after reboot, at command prompt, type:
- FLASH*T NEW.ROM /F (flash your tweak bios)

# After finish flashing, reboot
# During reboot, quickly press F2 to enter Bios setup
# In Bios setup, find the VGA mode (advance menu) and change it to STATIC, you need to do this otherwise window will hang at black screen when install nVidia driver later.

Now do the clean install of windows 10. After installation, following drivers will be installed by windows.

# Intel graphic driver
# Realtek Audio driver
# Pointing Synaptics driver
# Bluetooth driver
# Wifi/Lan driver

Now install IME (Intel Management Engine Interface) from here followed by official Setting Utility Series, Sony Shared Library, VAIO Event Service, VAIO Event Service update, VAIO Control Center, VAIO Control Center update, VAIO Power Management, VAIO Power Management update and VAIO Smart Network. Installation order is very important for Sony’s suit of apps.

Now to get fingerprint reader running, download latest version of protector suite from here. Download the NVIDIA GeForce driver for 300M from here: Download ComputerCowboy’s patcher from here.

- Install nVidia driver, it will fail, but you will have the folder C:\NVIDIA with all the files to use.
- Run VAIO_Z1_330M_INF_Patcher.exe from ComputerCowboy patch
- Patch the driver in C:\NVIDIA with either VGA or 3D Vision option, whichever you prefer (me is VGA).

To enable fingerprint, follow these steps:

- Press Win+R to bring up the ‘run’ box. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to bring up the group policy editor.
- Navigate to Computer configuration -> Administrative templates – > Windows components -> Biometrics.
- Double click ‘Allow the use of biometrics’ and select ‘enabled’ and click OK.
- Double click ‘Allow users to log on using biometrics’ and select ‘enabled’ and click OK.
- Close Group policy editor. Reboot.
- Start menu -> Settings -> Accounts. Click ‘Sign in options’.
- Scan your finger print and Set up a PIN

Posted on November 24 2016. Tagged with Tags:

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Ankur Bajato has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and does not go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets