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Froggie
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IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hello everyone Smiley Happy

I brough a IdeaPad 510-15ISK type 80SR ( the FHD one ) recently and i want to get rid of his Windows 10.
I want to use my old friend, Windows 7 ( seven ) Robot Very Happy

But there are no drivers for windows 7 in the support : http://support.lenovo.com/fr/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/500-Series/510-15isk/80SR/00JUFR?tabNa...Smiley FrustratedSmiley FrustratedSmiley Very Happy , except bios update and lenovo utilities.

Someone here has installed Ubuntu on this PC : https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/Ubuntu-16-04-on-Ideapad-510/m-p/3437310/highlight/true...
So why not Seven ?

Thanks for your answer Cat Embarassed

 

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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hi Froggie , 

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

For in warranty machines , I would suggest that you call in technical support first if there would be any warranty afftected when changing the original OS that came with the system . If you do have a spare hardrive to try it first then it would be handy forllowing the same Linux installation steps using the Windows 7 DVD to boot from via F12 boot manager. 

 

Another worth reviewing would be these topics:

How to Install Windows 7 Using the "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface" (UEFI)

How to Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1

Windows 7: How to install Windows 7 in UEFI Mode with a USB

Installing Windows 7 on UEFI based computer

 

Challenge in using an OS from the certified OEM recommended softwares would be the drivers as Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 would offer inbox drivers with it to help with some drivers and likewise using the hardware ID to check on the device manaufacturer for unknown devices. Set expectation that some features may not be offered with different versions of Windows but still would be worth trying specially if there is a spare harddrive to use.

 

Hope this helps you but do update us how it would best work for you. 

 

Regards

 



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CyberSimian
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?


@Froggie wrote:

I bought an IdeaPad 510-15ISK type 80SR ( the FHD one ) recently, and I want to get rid of Windows 10.
I want to use my old friend, Windows 7 ( seven ).


I installed Windows 7 on an Ideapad 500-15ISK, in a dual-boot setup with Windows 10.  I use "Bootit Bare Metal" as the boot manager (not freeware).  The first part of the install was easy, because:

 

(1) The 500-15ISK has an internal CD/DVD drive.

(2) I was installing from a Windows 7 DVD.

(3) The CD/DVD drive is SATA connected, and the Windows 7 DVD has SATA drivers.

 

The install proceeded smoothly, the system rebooted several times, and it completed with a working system.  However, Windows "Device Manager" showed that there were numerous devices that were not working because of missing drivers.  This included: wifi adapter, ethernet adapter, bluetooth adapter, USB sockets.  This meant that the only way to get drivers onto the system was via a CD or DVD containing the missing drivers.

 

For the 500-15ISK, Lenovo provide most of the missing drivers on the support page.  If your 510-15ISK is a minor revision of the 500-15ISK, you might find that many of those drivers will work on your 510.  So try downloading two or three driver packages and see if they will install on your system.  If they will, then download the remainder and install all of them.  Some may not install because of device differences between the 500 and 510, but with any luck those will be few in number.

 

If you are trying to install from a Windows 7 image on a USB memory stick, the installation is a lot more complicated, because the Windows 7 image does not have the necessary drivers to operate the USB sockets (so the install will stop almost immediately after it starts).

 

-- from CyberSimian in the UK

ByronT
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hello all,

 

I too have been attempting to "upgrade" to Windows 7 from 10 on this laptop with some success.

 

The first job was to locate the network and USB drivers by using the hardware IDs in Device Manager.  This allowed me to download and install Windows 7 drivers from the respective manufacturers (on another computer) rather than chance Lenovo's Windows 10 drivers.

 

The only issues I have encountered so far is a couple of crashes and BSODs whilst installing the graphics drivers, also a recurring problem with the wireless network adapter where the signal drops out (usually when watching YouTube or BBC iPlayer.)  This however may be a software conflict with Windows and the Intel software "fighting" over who manages the network connections.

 

The upshot is that it is possible and it would be nice if Lenovo supported Windows 7 on this laptop.

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Fircjusz
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hi,

I managed to instal all drivers except for 940MX. I got that information about missing Intel drivers. Can you share a link pls? Would be realy helpfull, cuz i can't find proper one :/

Brianp48093
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

I have the 510-15IKB Model 80SV. I spent hours cross referencing hardware ID's and was able to get all the drivers (the USB 3.0 were really tricky to find) EXCEPT the Intel Graphics driver. After extensive research, it turns out according to Intels website...Intel graphics/drivers are NOT WINDOWS 7 COMPATIBLE with Kaby Lake!! Which really sucks considering Nvidia gives the error "you need to install Intel graphics first" 

 

In your case, I think your model has the Skylake? I don't know the compatibility of yours, but Kaby Lake doesn't support it. 

 

I wish I remembered to copy the link to Intel regarding 7 compatibility but it was like 2:30am. I was tired and just wiped the harddrive and put 10 back on. 

 

So unfortunately, unless someone much more talented than myself figures out a work around in the future, it looks like I'm dead in the water. 

 

On a side note, I replaced the included 1tb harddrive with a Samsung 850Pro SSD. I put the 1tb Drive in the dvdrom slot using a drive caddy. It was a PITA to get the laptop to format it and use it as optical storage. Built in format tool, command prompt wipe, Disk management, Windows install wipe, ESAS Magic, usb adapter cord format...nothing worked. 

 

In the end, I used Live Linux via Thumbdrive to wipe it. Took 15 seconds. I guess there was left over windows files/partitions on it from the previous install. 

 

1 problem fixed. Win some, lose some. 

ByronT
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

http://www.nvidia.co.uk/download/driverResults.aspx/115555/en-uk

 

This is the driver I used and it installed ok.  I personally have not encountered the "missing Intel drivers" message, at what stage did you get this message?

 

Hope this helps.

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ByronT
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hi Brian,

 

Yes, while the 510-15ISK and 15IKB are cosmetically similar, the clue is in the name; 15ISKylake and 15IKaBylake.

 

Can I ask what cpu your Ideapad has?  Might determine whether it is really not compatible with Windows 7, since the cpu "contains" the intel graphics.

 

My experience with the graphics drivers is not yet complete, I have a strange screen tearing that will not go away.  I think this is something to do with the screen's frequency of 50Mhz.

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antgray79
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

I have the lenovo windows 7 drivers. downloaded from lenovo just before they took them off. They are currently on a dvd. no idea how to upload them here but i will share them with you

ByronT
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Re: IdeaPad 510-15ISK : How to install Windows 7 ?

Hi there AntGray79,

 

Well that's good news and would be very much appreciated!  Have you looked into Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega.nz or Mediafire?

 

Mod's Comment: Third party download links posted in the thread will be removed for the protection of members.  If you need to share a download,  please share the download link by Private Messaging so that members are aware the download is coming from a third party. 

 

 

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