Sony tells VAIO owners to hold off on Windows 10

A schedule included with the document advises that driver and application testing will be completed in October for devices sold with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, and November for older devices shipped with Windows 8. Like other Windows PCs, those offered from Sony are now entitled to Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer – but Sony itself is warning users not to upgrade yet.

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The reason for the delay could well be that Sony isn’t in charge of its PC business any more, having sold it to a investment company, Japan Industrial Partners, in 2014. It does not provide a timeline for Windows 7 machines, either.

As for VAIOs that came with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 pre-installed, it’s not clear what’s going on.

“We are testing supported models and will be providing the results as quickly as possible”, Sony said on its support site (via Windows Central).

Sony has provided a tentative timeline when the promised drivers and upgrade instructions will arrive.

This warning comes straight from Sony, who says that VAIO customers should wait until more information on the upgrade, as well as new drivers, become available, so for the moment, the upgrade to Windows 10 should be delayed. That doesn’t sound promising. Sony better make sure to deliver on time since, by November, four months out of the one year free upgrade period will have already passed by. We plan to release Windows 10 upgrade information and, for Windows 8 and 8.1 models, drivers, applications and detailed information on the schedule below based on the operating system originally installed on the PC. If nothing shows up by August 31, you’re probably still better off holding onto Windows 7 or getting a new PC.

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“For the millions of people out there who have yet to update their PCs with Windows 10, it is important to keep in mind that data can sometimes be lost if something goes wrong when a machine is being updated with a new operating system”, Lincoln Goldsmith, general manager A/NZ, Acronis, explains.

Good Acronis advice to follow before Windows 10 upgrade