Windows 10 on W510: What works and what doesn't?

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  1. Annorax

    Annorax Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi guys,

    I might soon be purchasing a used W510 and am debating whether to freshly install Windows 7 on it or Windows 10 (I have licenses for both via MSDN). I know that Windows 7 is officially supported while Windows 10 is not.

    Ideally I would like to install Windows 10 but if things like the Fn hotkeys, etc... won't work on it due to no drivers, I don't want to waste a license on it and would rather then just install Windows 7. Googling around and looking on this forum seems to give mixed results - some say it works great and some say nothing works without drivers.

    Now that Windows 10 has been out for a while, can someone please share recent experiences with using Windows 10 on a W510? I would think things like Wifi and Bluetooth would work but the Fn hotkeys, volume buttons, and on screen display are important for me too.
     
  2. iphetamine

    iphetamine Notebook Evangelist

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    I've used Win10 on a T420/30. Everything works except for the hotkeys and Power Manager application. You can also download System Update (legacy app) or Lenovo Companion from Windows Store, check for updates and it'll detect the necessary drivers to be updated.
     
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    iphetamine Notebook Evangelist

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  4. 600X

    600X Endless bus ride

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    I used to have a W510 with Windows 10 on it. Pretty much everything worked. Can't think of anything that caused problems.
     
  5. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    I currently have two T410, a T61, an R61 and an X61, all running Win 10 Pro, plus a few R61/T410/T410s I've refurbished and sold for profit.

    The two things that don't work are Power Manager and some of the hotkeys, otherwise fully functional, login by fingerprint works. Hell Win 10 even automatically installed the drivers for the old GMA X3100 on my R61 and X61.

    P.S. Working hotkeys: lock, sleep, screen projection, screen brightness, ThinkLight
     
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