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jimbodkins
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reinstalling preinstalled windows 7

I have a used thinkpad t420i that has win 10 installed but was originally with win 7 pro. I want win 7 pro which requires that I obtain win 7 pro sp1 from lenovo. (Microsoft no longer allows downloads of windows they didnt directly sell and suggest it must come from the vendor).

 

How do I download windows 7 pro sp1 from lenovo (to a thumb drive)? I cant find it. I cant find it. (I do have a COA for win 7 pro under the battery).

 

 

Thanks

Jim

jimbodkins
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Re: reinstalling preinstalled windows 7

Dell actually has a tool to do this easily. I am a little disapointed that lenovo doesnt seem to. I want the original windows 7 pro (not the win 10 the vendor installed) and microsoft wont allow downloads with lenovo's SN and lenovo seems to have nothing. Does it exist and where is it?
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Re: reinstalling preinstalled windows 7

Hi,

 

It doesn't exist - and never did - AFAIK.  You can call support and order media - if they still have it available for a machine this old.  Don't know Smiley Sad

 

If you have access to MS Win 7 install media you you should be able to activate it with your OEM key.  Perhaps via the automated activation phone number.  Or at least that used to work.  Don't know how MS handles that these days.  Sorry I don't have better answers for you.

 

If you do get a clean install from MS media you can find drivers here:

 

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-...

 

Z.


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jimbodkins
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Re: reinstalling preinstalled windows 7

I also have a dell laptop - and dell has amazing support (and support apps). I had previously dl'd win7 pro sp1 from dell for that laptop. (Flash drive) so I tried and successfuly installed the (dell) win7 sp1 pro on the lenovo. So I plan to get a backup win7 pro sp1 for a just in case install. Lenovo should take a lesson from this.

 

 

Jim

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