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fqueau
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Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

Hi,

I'm going to switch from a W510 64 bit Win 7 to a W540 64 bit Win 7 and I wanted to know if instead of having to reinstall all my software, I could just switch my SSd from one machine to the other finding  a way to install new W540 drivers on my W510 Win 7 images ?

 

Any idea of  if this is possible ? That would save me a lot if hours ....

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

Well, I have done this several times but in other Thinkpad series and always jumping to one newer generation (X60 to X200, T61 to T400/T500), never jumping three gens like your case. In my experience Win7 was smart enough and worked after some updates and reboots.

 

I would give it a try, you can always put the original HDD/SDD from the W540 back if it fails. Let Windows update the drivers, then run a Windows Update, then Lenovo's System Update and then remove the old drivers from your device manager.

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

HI

 

Thanks, I give a try but Windows first start and then crashed. I wonrder if there was a wayt to start windows, add drivers and then have full windows 7 start.

I wonder how I could download drivers used in thie case

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

You can try booting in safe mode.

 

When booting, right after the Thinkpad logo dissapears start pressing F8. You should get a similar screen.

 

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You can try the safe mode with networking as well.

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

Hi,

 

I'll give a try but then, how windows 7 will update needed drivers ?

Should I put them on USB drive and will it be able to search them on internet if netwrok is ok (wich I doubt as the network dirvers will not be present).

 

 If in Safe mode, there is a way to get drivers from USB, how to download drivers and put them on a USB key ?

Thanks

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

Booting in safe mode with networking would be my choice, preferably with a network cable.

 

I don't think you will be able to install all the drivers with safe mode, but at least some basic ones to allow the Thinkpad start with no blue screen or crashes. Once you get the W540 booting in normal mode you could run Windows Update or Lenovo's System Update to complete the installation.

 

But again, you're jumping three W5xx generations, I don't think this method is 100% sure. I'm of the opinion a clean install is always the best to get a clean working machine.

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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

I would concur with the clean install. In my experience, trying to cut corners comes back to bite you later on, if not sooner. With a quick Internet connection and the SSD, update downloads and install are fast. Pre-download the Windows 7 SP1 udpate to apply right off the SSD. Likewise the Lenovo updates are quick on the SSD. In a couple of hours you can have the system up with the right drivers for your hardware, and restore your documents and settings backup.
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Re: Switching from W510 Win 7 64 bit to W540 Win 7 64 bit by just switching ssd drive.

I also recommend a clean install. I just did the same upgrade. The Lenovo software for most stuff (trackpoint, touchpad, Solution center etc.) is different from W510. You can get a HDD caddy and use your old document HDD as a 2nd drive in new machine.

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