05-09-2012 10:43 AM - edited 05-09-2012 11:54 AM
Update: I thought I had a X-series ThinkPad but after running the auto-detect script, it turns out it is a T-series so this is in the wrong forum.
I've been having some issues with my ThinkPad T510 (4349-4JG)
I probably got myself a few viruses (my hotmail account was hijacked etc).
So I decided to (finally) format the laptop. The problem I'm encountering is that writing the "lenovo factory recovery" disks is some sort of installation in itself and it stops doing anything once the files have been "unpacked".
I guess I could download Windows7 somewhere and install the OS and drivers manually but it's sort of silly I'd have to fight against MS anti-piracy updates while I have a legit key.
So... What can I do?
All help is much appreciated!
05-10-2012 09:12 PM
Hello and welcome,
By writing the "lenovo factory recovery" disks do you mean you are trying to burn a set of recovery media? Or are you using the Rescue and Recovery to restore your drive to factory state using the image in the recovery partition?
If neither of those is workng correctly, you can probably obtain a set of recovery disks from support. They may charge for them. Contact support via the appropriate phone number in this list: Worldwide Support Center phone list for ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation systems
You can legally download Windows 7 and activate with your existing key. Download the version that matches your key (home premium, pro, ...). You may need to use the phone option to complete the activation. Legal Resources for Downloading Windows 7
If you take that approach, download and instal ThinkVantage System Update (using the Support, drivers and downloads icon at the top of this page) and let it pull down the rest of the appropriate drivers and apps.
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05-12-2012 07:41 AM