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Windows 7: Will OEM install?

26 Aug 2012   #11
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

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As long as you boot the installer with Windows 7 still on the HD, it will see the underlying OS to allow using Upgrade version key during install.
Too late for that... my hard drive is formatted and has nothing on it....

I guess I can try to install anyway and it is doesn't work I can buy something off of Amazon.


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26 Aug 2012   #12
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well, I burnt it to a DVD and it's loading on the computer now... I guess I'll find out if my COA key will work or not shortly... got de fingers crossed...
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26 Aug 2012   #13
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well, it took the original key that was on the bottom of my laptop, so I should be good.

I'll know for sure when I get it connected to the internet and do Windows updates.
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26 Aug 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

As long as you installed the exact same version as printed on the COA sticker then it will work. If it fails 90% of the time a character has been inputted incorrectly. Only rarely is a robocall required.
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26 Aug 2012   #15
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well, I entered the key and it didn't say anything about it not being accepted... so I should be good.
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26 Aug 2012   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good job, I usually make 3 attempts before I type it right.
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26 Aug 2012   #17
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Part of what I do for work involves typing stuff in with perfection into an app, and if I skrew up... I gotta start all over again which I hate it when that happens, so I've learned to pay attention to detail on typing stuff in like that.

Well, I downloaded the driver for the internet connection so that's working and I'm doing Windows updates now.

Anybody know if there is a list of drivers for Lenovo X220 Laptops?

I know I can go to Lenovo's site, but wouldn't it be better to get driver's from each component manufacturer so I don't get Lenovo bloat... which is why I'm doing all this in the first place is to get rid of their bloatware.

And, a question about the monitor... if it says it's operating on standard WGA, doesn't that mean I need to install the driver for the monitor? This laptop has a nice HD, so I guess I need to get the driver for it so it's not running on the generic Windows driver.
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26 Aug 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

As explained in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7:

Get the drivers from the Lenovo website since OEM's can modify key drivers, and most will not have full software packages anyway.

If there are any functions missing after setup (e.g. keyboard lighting, function keys, etc.) you 'll probably need to find that software separately on the same Downloads webpage for your model.

In rare cases research must be done to find this software but it is almost always discoverable.
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26 Aug 2012   #19
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I was hoping to get drivers from each component manufacturer... aren't the Lenovo drivers gonna install their bloatware?
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26 Aug 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

No they are not. That was the point of doing a Clean Reinstall.

What drivers are still missing in Device Manager after optional Updates are installed?
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