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illegalBeagle
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Y580 - How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?

I've had a drive failure on my nearly 3-year old Y580. I've purchased a new SSD to replace the old magnetic drive, how do I go about reinstalling and activating Windows? I did not get a DVD with windows with the laptop when I bought it brand new.

 

 

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LenBlazer
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Re: How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?


@illegalBeagle wrote:

I've had a drive failure on my nearly 3-year old Y580. I've purchased a new SSD to replace the old magnetic drive, how do I go about reinstalling and activating Windows? I did not get a DVD with windows with the laptop when I bought it brand new.


Does your unit comes with the OKR disc sets? If yes, use it to install the licensed copy of the OS. Refer to the user guide or hardware maintenance manual. You can download them from Lenovo's site.

illegalBeagle
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Re: How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?

No discs came with the laptop. I believe there was a separate partion on the hard drive for recovery, but that drive is toast and now gone.

licht
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Re: How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?

I can tell you, you screw up. don't buy the recovery discs from lenovo. you can't get activate the windows 8 that installed by their discs. When you say your hard disk failed, is the the hardware failed? or it just can't boot? If the harddisk can run and can be see from other system (through USB). then you can backup the disk out by some harddisk utility.

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LenBlazer
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Re: How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?


@illegalBeagle wrote:

No discs came with the laptop. I believe there was a separate partion on the hard drive for recovery, but that drive is toast and now gone.


That folder contain the drivers for the unit which you can also download from Lenovo's site. Your options:

 

1. OKR disc sets which you may be able to secure by calling them. This is the only option I can think of to restore to factory.

 

If you don;t want to restore to factory then just download a copy of the correct version of OS that is originally installed. Your product key is in the bios whcih will be detected during installation. After the OS installation install one by one the drivers.

illegalBeagle
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Re: How to reinstall factory windows on new drive?

This seems like a viable option. After entering the serial number of my laptop in the support section, I see no information on exactly what version of Win 8 was installed. I'll try calling them. Thanks for help all.

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