Quote: Originally Posted by baypae
I just upgraded a 32 bit windows vista Sony Vaio to 64 bit windows 7, but all the shortcuts and original programs (accessories, dvd writers, etc.) installed by Sony are gone. Would like to know how to get these programs back. I had try to use the disc that came with the computer but it actually wipe out windows 7 and reinstall windows vista back onto the computer.
If you went from 32 bit Vista to Windows 7 X64, you performed a custom (clean) install. (It's not permitted to upgrade-in-place a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit one.) Any applications installed under Vista were not transferred to Windows 7.
If you'd stayed with 32 bit, you could have done an upgrade-in-place (with the right combination -like V. Home Premium to 7 Home Premium or Ultimate). I wouldn't care to count on the applications continuing to run, though. (They all may, but you'd be out of luck with any that needed to be re-installed.)
Maybe Sony can help you with install media for the stuff you originally got as pre-installed. (Seems unlikely, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.)
With my (cheap) Compaq laptop, I was happy enough that I had no need to preserve any of the pre-installed software on it (MS Works, a DVD player). I stayed with 32 bit, but I prefer clean installs. (Gave me an opportunity to make sure that the last of the crapware was gone, too.)