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Question about preinstalled software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-25, 17:08 PM

Hi all,

 

I've got a T430u on the way (to replace an old R61). I understand all new TPs come with some preinstalled software, including a trial of MS Office 2010. Thing is, I have a legit copy of MS Office Pro 2007 and don't really feel the need to upgrade to anything newer (I hate MS's ubiquitous "Ribbon" as it is).

 

So the Question: Will the preinstalled Office software accept product keys to earlier versions? Or should I just delete it and install my own 2007 version from the DVD?

 

TIA

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Re: Question about preinstalled software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-25, 17:30 PM

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So the Question: Will the preinstalled Office software accept product keys to earlier versions? Or should I just delete it and install my own 2007 version from the DVD?

 

TIA


No, Office 2010 or Office 2013 will not use an Office 2007 key.  You can safely remove the Office trial product using the Control Panel | Programs and Features applet.

 

I assume Office 2007 will run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.  I really don't know.  I made the switch years ago.

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Re: Question about preinstalled software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-25, 17:30 PM

wrote:

 

So the Question: Will the preinstalled Office software accept product keys to earlier versions? Or should I just delete it and install my own 2007 version from the DVD?

 

TIA


No, Office 2010 or Office 2013 will not use an Office 2007 key.  You can safely remove the Office trial product using the Control Panel | Programs and Features applet.

 

I assume Office 2007 will run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.  I really don't know.  I made the switch years ago.

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Re: Question about preinstalled software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-26, 3:05 AM

Yes, Office2007 runs fine on Windows7... Been doing it for a while now.

Thanks for the info.

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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive Tutu

2012-11-26, 15:42 PM

WhistlingDog,

 

Please post your overall impressions when you receive your "u" and in particular I'd like to know your impressions of the screen, fan and heat buildup, if its an issue.   It would also be nice to hear the date of ordered and the date you receive your laptop.  I hope its a great machine.  I've added it to my list; X1C or X1C-Touch, T430uu or Yoga 13.  All of which are totally different machines.

 

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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive Tutu

2012-11-26, 17:53 PM
Uninstall the preinstalled apps first (office especially) before installing your existing one. I am not keen on Norton and just removed it and us MSE 64bit on this ThinkPad.

Keep you browsing to the barest minimum and only to solid sites like Lenovo or Microsoft until you've got you Windows Update current. It will take a while and many reboots.
T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bit
Z70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-27, 2:26 AM

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Please post your overall impressions when you receive your "u" and in particular I'd like to know your impressions of the screen, fan and heat buildup, if its an issue.   It would also be nice to hear the date of ordered and the date you receive your laptop.  I hope its a great machine.  I've added it to my list; X1C or X1C-Touch, T430uu or Yoga 13.  All of which are totally different machines.

 

Thanks


 

Indeed, I'll post my impressions when it arrives (should be Weds/Nov28). In the meantime, lead_org (thinkscopes.com) is in the process of a teardown and review and he's pretty positive on the T430u, both in terms of function and build quality. Regarding my ordering and shipping, I too was weighing several choices--T430u, the X1Carbon and the x230. In the end, while I liked the old-school mojo of the x230, I decided I needed the larger 14" screen and the deliveries of the X1Carbon seemed to be pushed back to Jan2013. With lead_org's very positive endorsement of the T430u I decided to jump.

 

My config: I ordered the basic i5-3317u processor with 8GB of memory. I really wanted an SSD but when I ordered, the 128GB SSD was only available with Windows 8 and discrete graphics (neither of which I wanted), so I picked the default 320GB hard disk/24BG mSATA SSD config -- I figure I'll replace the hard disk with an SSD on my own.

 

Shipping: I ordered on Nov18 with an expected ship date of Nov30. A couple of days later, I received notice that the ship date was pushed back a month to Dec26(!). I called customer service to ask why. The fellow wasn't able to explain (and in truth i couldn't quite understand him because I was in my car) but I htink he said he'd request some priority to my order. For whatever reason the next day I received an email that my system had shipped. It's currently somewhere between Anchorage and Chicago. Supposed to arrive on Nov28. If it does, I'll be very impressed with the speed of the ordering and shipping process.

 

More anon,

     ~WhistlingDog

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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive T430u

2012-11-27, 16:47 PM
WhistlingDog,

Enjoy! I may also opt for the basic configuration with the addition of the mobile access connection hardware. I just learned that Lenovo is offering free returns with no restocking fee through the end of the year so there is no risk in buying this machine.

Thanks for thte info about lead_org's post. I'll be sure to read and follow up on his observations.
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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive Tutu

2012-11-30, 18:30 PM

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Please post your overall impressions when you receive your "u" and in particular I'd like to know your impressions of the screen, fan and heat buildup, if its an issue. ...

 

Thanks


,

 

Well I've had a day or so to fiddle with it and my first impressions are very good. It feels much more upscale than my old R61 in terms of materials and fit/finish.The keyboard is nice. The changes in key location are logical and easy to adjust to. And while it's true that it doesn't have the same travel as the old ones but still it types well and I'm already used to it. The larger trackpad is very nice...not glass-like but slightly bumpy like the x230--but way larger. It would be nice to have some of the phyiscal buttons on the x230 and older machines, like a physical wifi on/off switch and dedicated buttons for volume control and mute, but they are all relegated to Fn+F key combinations. The silk-screening for the Fn+ functions is less legible than on my 5-yr old R61. But the ThinkLight is WAY better than on my older machine--this one's actually useful.

 

The screen isn't bad--I know that's damning with faint praise, but the resolution is fine for me (I knew what I was getting) and there's no "screen door" effect on mine. The colors are good but will lose accuracy if you're looking from a off-side angle; it's not an IPS panel. So all in all, not as bright as the X1 Carbon, not as impressive as the IPS screen on the x230 but not dull nor dim like some ThinkPad screens of yore.

 

The fan is virtually silent; I have to put my ear down to the table to see if it's running. And the machine runs cool. I have the integrated graphics so that helps but there's a lot of disk reading and writing when first setting up a new machine and I was able to keep it on my lap. Temps very well controlled.

 

So I'm pleased and endorse pretty much all that lead-org has posted about this machine. Hope it helps!

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Re: Question about preinstall software on a soon-to-arrive Tutu

2012-12-01, 6:56 AM
I concur with WhistlingDog on his review of his ThinkPad T430u. :)
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Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

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