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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive?

2017-12-12, 10:18 AM

My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive?

 

I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... 

Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.

I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed.

 

Thanks in advance for you time.

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Re: My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard dri

2017-12-12, 20:58 PM

You can try to call Lenovo support and see if you can buy a set of recovery disks, but installing windows 7 is not simple.  Windows update's interface to win 7 hasn't been maintained.  Also, I don't know if Lenovo is maintaining images for machines of that age.  If you were ever going to upgrade to windows 10, this might be the time.  I have not tried it, but I have read that Microsoft has stopped charging for the win10 upgrade if you have a win 7 key in the BIOS.  (You do)  You can download an DVD image or a USB stick for win 10 home 64 bit at this location:

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

 


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Re: My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard dri

2017-12-12, 22:54 PM

Thanks, thats a great suggestion.

 

I’ll try it and post my progress.

 

I had actually upgraded for free to windows 10, but assumed I’d have to go with 7 at first as that’s the one the key on the license sticker is for.

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Re: My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard dri

2017-12-12, 22:58 PM

The MS activation servers should remember that you had previously activated Win 10.  Should happen automatically now if you just install the same Win 10 version.

 

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