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Title: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: AScot on September 05, 2015, 04:28:34 AM
Does anyone know if the new Sony firmware upgrade version 2.00 for the A7, A7r and A7s is compatible with Windows 10?
It speeds up the start-up time for these cameras but Sony's website implies that it is compatible with Windows 7 and 8 only. :|
Title: Re: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: Chris82 on September 05, 2015, 08:29:13 PM
Any luck finding out whether it works yet. I have had a good look around the internet but could not find any answers.
Download it and see if it runs.
Title: Re: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: AScot on September 05, 2015, 09:58:01 PM
"Download it and see if it runs." You are joking surely? Do you want me to brick my camera? :D

I have searched the internet and found a couple of people who claim to have done just that with Win 10. However, lot's of people have bricked there cameras while following the instructions from Sony and using a proven OS. Sony have not yet got around to checking out Windows 10 and will say nothing until they do.

I have received an email from Brian Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer no less! He wrote, "The OS is fine but the default browser Microsoft Edge is not compatible. You must update using Internet Explorer - NOT Microsoft Edge." I think he is referring to installing Apps when using a browser as you do not need a browser for firmware, other than to download the file.

I have a laptop that runs Windows 7. So I will use the laptop to be safe.

Title: Re: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: Chris82 on September 05, 2015, 10:20:15 PM
 It's been a while since i've done any firmware updates. I had meant to download the file, open it and see if it runs or says it's incompatible before plugging camera in. Having thought about the update process i realise that would not have worked as it needs the camera to be plugged in to run.
 Using old laptop is certainly your best bet.
Title: Re: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: AScot on September 06, 2015, 02:44:12 AM
Using the laptop running Windows 7 it upgraded the camera to version 2.00, but not without some heart stopping moments. I followed the instructions, obtained from the Sony US website, exactly to the letter and it was not as they show. I had to leave the camera attached for much longer than the instructions said, make some guesses and finally I was forced to turn it off. When I disconnected the camera and turned it back on, it had updated OK. How I am not sure.

I have never had problems in the past when updating my other cameras, although the update process has always been somewhat stressful. Sony software is a pain in the butt.

I was unable to update the GPS Assist Data for my A77, using Windows 10.
Title: Re: A7 Firmware Compatibility
Post by: Chris82 on September 06, 2015, 08:43:40 AM
Good to hear it has been a success. I agree with the update process being stressful. Never enjoyed doing the updates myself and hoping it was going to work without killing the camera.