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PatchySan's Guide to Clean Installing Windows 7 on the ThinkPad

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by PatchySan, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    do you think you could create a pdf version of this for printing. thanks so much!
     
  6. JazzyJayz

    JazzyJayz Notebook Enthusiast

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    thank you for making this comprehensive guide to clean installing windows 7..
    could you possibly add guide to install without system update?
    because for some reason such as slow connection or internet quota, i tend to download drivers and compile it before clean install...
    what i'd like to know is what drivers and applications should be installed first and in what order...
    thanks in advance...
     
  7. PatchySan

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    While I have a PDF guide it still hasn't had the updated Windows 7 info as found on this guide, I try to update the PDF guide within the week for those who want an offline version.

    If you're in a hurry however you can create your own PDF guide by using PDF Printing software such as DoPDF, then select the Printable Version of this online guide as a temporary solution.

    You can do it without System Update but it depends on what ThinkPad system you have as it varies on what drivers you need. Older ThinkPad systems tend to require less attention than their newer ones as Windows 7 can pick up certain drivers automatically.

    If you still have the original factory installation of Windows 7 then just go to the Local Disk C: drive, SWTOOLS folder then copy the whole DRIVERS folder to a USB Flash Drive as mentioned on this guide. Then when you clean install it, go to the Device Manager and just redirect it to the DRIVERS folder again to clear up the missing drivers without the need of System Update.

    As for the Thinkvantage applications, again it depends on what you find useful for you to download manually. I only need Power Manager and Hotkeys Integration so I download those two personally, the rest such as Access Connections and Lenovo Toolbox I tend to live without.
     
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    DONKEY KONG Notebook Enthusiast

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    Do you know if the BIOS 1.34 update fixes the fingerprint issue or do I still need to use LEGACY mode in BIOS?
     
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    kklepack Newbie

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    This is very useful. Thank you much
     
  10. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    I take it you have the W520, though this has been superseded by BIOS version 1.35 at the time of writing. Reading from the change logs there's no mention of any UEFI fixes related to the Lenovo fingerprint software and there's little report of users finding a fix to this unless you go through some third party workarounds so it's probably best to stick with Legacy mode if you plan to use this feature frequently. Besides the tradeoff to UEFI boot is probably only 1-2 seconds which in real world terms is insignificant.
     
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    Damn! This is very helpful! Thanks!
     
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    Thank you Hearst for your response to my question. This tutorial is very helpful and visually appealing. Great job!

    The 1-2 seconds I loose in Legacy Mode I will get back using some of the tweaks in (The Windows 7 Optimization Guide) on THE SSD REVIEW site.:)
     
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    you do got some serious Photoshop skills here and the contents is also great.
     
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    Silly question. I have a new W520 and an mSATA on the way. I want to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have the recovery partition (obviously) and also have the original Lenovo recovery discs. The licensed OS is Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Your Win7 image links contain various versions of the OS. Would my COA code on the W520 license Win7x64 Ultimate without hassle despite the fact that the machine shipped with Home Premium?

    Thanks!
     
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    The COA codes for Windows are version-specific - thus, if the code is for Home Premium, it wouldn't work with Ultimate.

    I would suggest that you use ABR to backup your original activation, and download a copy of the Win 7 Home Premium ISO (with SP1). Once your installation is done, restore your activation and you should be good to go!
     
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    Copy the C:\SWTOOLS folder currently on your main drive to a USB flash drive to facilitate driver installs after Windows has been installed on the mSATA SSD. In Device Manager, right-click on an "unknown" device, select Update Driver, browse to that directory on the USB flash drive, and tell Windows to search the subdirectories for the driver.

    Of course, Hearst said all that on the second page. ;)
     
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    W520 here...

    I'm at the Windows install screen. I have the 64-bit Intel RST folder on a USB drive. When I click "load drivers" it isn't recognizing the drive and I keep getting the "No signed device drivers were found. Make sure the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK."

    How can I get the Windows install screen to load up the USB stick? All I see when I click browse is C:, D: (DVD), and Boot (X: ).

    I could go ahead and do the clean install by skipping the Load Drivers (Intel RST) step...is this advised? I did back up my license on the USB drive.

    EDIT: nevermind, tried a different port and unchecked "hide drivers" and re-clicked it. It loaded the USB drive and I'm off to the races now.
     
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    I just bought a W520 and an SSD. I want to do a clean install. Should I copy the drivers from the SWTools folder? Or should I download the latest drivers from Lenovo website?
     
  19. Kaso

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    ^^^ It's your choice. A copy of SWTOOLS is perhaps more convenient.
     
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    ^...but, that copy may be slightly more dated depending on when you bought the computer. I download mine.
     

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