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kcarpenter40
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W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Can anyone confirm whether or not all W530's came with a Windows 8 key in BIOS?  I'm considering picking up a used W530 but most I've found are only Windows 7 and I'd like to be on 8.  I have media to install I just don't want to purchase one unless I know for certain that it will have an embedded key for Windows 8.

 

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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Hello and welcome,

 

The way I read this:  ThinkPad Notebooks; 2013 to present (withdrawn models)

 

Some came with Windows 8, some came with 7 as a downgrade from 8, and some were "pure" Windows 7.  I'd expect the 8 and 7 via downgrade to have embedded Windows 8 keys and the pure 7 machines not.

 

Not quite 100% on this, but that's my understanding.

 

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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Thanks for the quick reply, Z. So I guess my next question (and research to do) is whether or not there's a way to determine what version the embedded key is for.
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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Okay, so after reviewing the link and identifying the specific model number (243852U) it would appear as though this is one that came preloaded with Windows 7 downgraded from Windows 8. Given this I would assume that the key embedded is in fact for Windows 8.

Sound logical?
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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Hello.

 

You can check your Windows 8 key that is embedded in your BIOS with this little program here:

ProduKey.

 

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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

The downgrade machines often shipped with 7 installed and 8 media in the box.  Is the seller including the Lenovo Windows 8 install media?

 

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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

Not that I'm aware of. I have an .ISO of the Windows 8 Pro media I acquired from TechNet.
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Re: W530 - Windows 8 BIOS key

When you boot to the BIOS screen, you should see windows 8 license info if you have it.

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The information screen in the bios should say either Pro or Core for the version of windows 8 included.


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