05-08-2017 06:38 PM
My daughter let our dear friend Microsoft Windows auto-update her old Yoga 13 to Windows 10. (Yoga is an early model 2191 w/ i5-3317U.) The machine has been slow as molasses ever since -- basically unusuable-- so now she's using a different laptop. My usual tricks (disk cleaning, CCleaner, etc.) did not help.
Would like to start fresh with an SSD reformat and clean install of Windows 10. (I have a separate version of Win 10 Pro I can use that was bought for a future DIY build.) But I am very hesitant to reformat and try a fresh USB stick install without advice from someone who has done it on this proprietary type of machine.
Any advice? Suggested workflow to avoid problems? Will a clean install -- followed by a round of lenovo driver updates -- actually work? Or will this be opening up an ugly can of worms....?
Thanks in advance for any help!
05-08-2017 06:45 PM
If you installed the free update, a fresh install will work
05-08-2017 08:27 PM - edited 05-08-2017 08:28 PM
FWIW I had a similar experience with an older machine running an in-place upgrade to Win 10.
Performance wasn't satisfactory. It was much better after a Win 10 clean install.
That's only one case - a U 260 - so it doesn't gurarantee anything about your particular machine.
If you've previously updated to Win 10 the activation status is stored on Microsoft's servers and a clan install of the same version should activate automatically.
You can download the latest rev of Win 10 here:
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05-09-2017 01:39 PM
Thanks for both your responses! From what you're saying, I won't need my other Win10 license... I can reformat the harddrive and Windows registration/validation will just recognize that previously validated machine as licensed. Do I have that right??
My other main question is will the Yoga 13 operate at least well enough on that generic Windows install that I will be able to then install the various Lenovo drivers?