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M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 16:54 PM

My M700 came w/o HDD included, so I bought a SATA M.2, and I am told it has Windows 10 pro key embedded. 

 

Are there a best practices for getting set up? Can I just install the drive, and power it on?

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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 17:36 PM

My M700 came w/o HDD included

 

Did you buy this system new, i.e. with no HDD and no OS, or did this system at one point have an HDD running Win10?

 

I am told it has Windows 10 pro key embedded

 

The Windows license key is embedded in the BIOS the first time that Windows is run on that system. Hence my previous question.

 

If there's already a Win10 Pro key embedded then you don't need a new one even if you change storage devices. If not then you'll need to buy a Win10 Pro license.

 

Once that's dealt with there are numerous articles on the web that describe how to do a clean install on a new storage device, e.g. How to: Perform a Clean Install or Reinstall of Windows 10

 

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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 17:36 PM

My M700 came w/o HDD included

 

Did you buy this system new, i.e. with no HDD and no OS, or did this system at one point have an HDD running Win10?

 

I am told it has Windows 10 pro key embedded

 

The Windows license key is embedded in the BIOS the first time that Windows is run on that system. Hence my previous question.

 

If there's already a Win10 Pro key embedded then you don't need a new one even if you change storage devices. If not then you'll need to buy a Win10 Pro license.

 

Once that's dealt with there are numerous articles on the web that describe how to do a clean install on a new storage device, e.g. How to: Perform a Clean Install or Reinstall of Windows 10

 


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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 17:57 PM

Thanks for the reply! Having never used a windows PC, I really appreciate your response, and I just read the article you linked. I apologize if my questions are bird brained, but I did try to do a bit of research before asking I swear.

 

Did you buy this system new, i.e. with no HDD and no OS, or did this system at one point have an HDD running Win10?

 

It is new to me, but at one point it did have a HDD running Win10.

 

If there's already a Win10 Pro key embedded then you don't need a new one even if you change storage devices. If not then you'll need to buy a Win10 Pro license.

 

So when I get to the point in the installation, I go to activation in the search box, and see if it is activated, correct?

 

Once that's dealt with there are numerous articles on the web that describe how to do a clean install on a new storage device, e.g. How to: Perform a Clean Install or Reinstall of Windows 10

 

I have to download the windows installation to a USB regardless of the state of the Windows10 Pro license is that correct?

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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 18:07 PM

I'm not Microsoft certified, nor a Windows expert in any respect, but would it make sense to order the media recovery download (to create a bootable USB drive) from Lenovo for this system?  Restore it to the way it came from the factory. 

 

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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 21:05 PM

It is new to me, but at one point it did have a HDD running Win10.

 

Then it's activated.

 

So when I get to the point in the installation, I go to activation in the search box, and see if it is activated, correct?

 

You can install Windows without it being activated. Once installed you can check to confirm (Windows Settings -> Update & Security -> Activation.)

 

I have to download the windows installation to a USB regardless of the state of the Windows10 Pro license is that correct?

 

Yes.

 

Also once Windows is installed,

 

1. Windows Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update to download and install updates, security patches, drivers, etc.

 

2. Microsoft Store. Download Lenovo Vantage. Run its System Update to get the latest versions of Lenovo specific software, drivers, etc.

 

 

 

 


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Re:M700 Tiny: Starting with a Fresh HDD [NOOB]

2021-02-23, 21:09 PM

@ BiggAl wrote:

I' not Microsoft certified, nor a Windows expert in any respect, but would it make sense to order the media recovery download (to create a bootable USB drive) from Lenovo for this system?  Restore it to the way it came from the factory. 

 

 

You could. Or download/install the vanilla Windows media, then download/install Lenovo Vantage. I prefer the latter because it's likely to be more current so there's less stuff that needs to be updated.

 

If you order physical recovery media from Lenovo it will take time to get it. If you have the speed and bandwidth, downloading is faster.

 

 


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