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Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2015-08-29, 18:36 PM

Hi guys,

 

I have bought the education edition of the X1 without Windows being preinstalled and now I am not capable of installing Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

 

The only option to install Windows 7 is via USB stick, for which I have created a bootable version with the Windows Tool and with a legitimate Windows iso file. But after starting the installation process, the message pops up that necessary drivers are missing, which I cannot locate on the USB stick and which I have no idea to find in the internet. Neither the Lenovo handbook is useful for this first time installation of Windows.

 

Since I am searching the web now for 3 hours without success I am getting quite frustrated. Does anyone know the solution?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2015-08-29, 18:46 PM

Hello and welcome,

 

What is the exact message?  If it's asking for a CD driver that can mean several things.  Usually a bad download or bad media or bad transfer of image to media.

 

It may be that your USB ports are in USB 3.0 mode and the Windows installer doesn't have drivers for that.  I'm not personally familiar with the X1... if it has a USB 2.0 port, try that.  There may be  a BIOS option to put the ports into 2.0 mode or perhaps "auto" mode that might help.  Another option is to connect via a USB 2.0 hub.

 

Are you installing in UEFI or legacy mode?  In UEFI mode you'll need to enable CSM support in BIOS - which may be explicit or may be automatic when you select the "not OS optimized" boot mode before loadingt defaults.  (The missing driver message doesn't sound like missing CSM support).

 

Just a few WAGs,

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2015-08-29, 18:55 PM

Hi zoltanthegypsy,

 

thanks for the quick response.

 

There are only USB 3.0 ports, I changed the BIOS option to USB 2.0. 

 

I am not sure in which mode I am installing. At the Setup menu it says Both, Legacy First and CSM Support is enabled.

 

I am not sure about the image, I tried several iso, but none worked thus far. 

 

I will try with a hub, maybe that works!

 

Cheers

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2015-08-29, 19:02 PM

Sorry, it actually says that a CD/DVD driver is missing , for which I should find an appropriate one.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2016-05-23, 18:13 PM

Hi,

 

i have the same Problem here. Do you found a solution to fix this problem?

 

Best

Dario

 

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2016-05-23, 18:19 PM

Make sure USB 3.0 mode is set to disabled then also make sure boot mode is legacy and CSM support, about cd/drive that is because Windows is normally installed via cd which is why installer says it cannot find any drivers for cd/drive so that error you can ignore, what it goes on about is a USB 3.0 drivers is missing but instead it's saying a cd/dvd driver is missing but real missing piece is the USB 3.0

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2016-05-23, 18:31 PM
Hi JakeSully, thanks for reply.

I have no option in BIOS to disable USB3.0. I can't ignore the error message, because the CD/DVD Driver is missing. I tried to integrate the AHCI and USB3.0 Drivers to the Image. But i have still the same problem. Its frustrating :(
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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2016-05-23, 18:44 PM

In 3Rd gen you can disable USB 3.0 I got a 3rd gen aswell and in my bios under USB I have USB 3.0 [Enabled] if I select it I get Enabled, Disabled, Auto so all you gota do is pick disable and save the changes and reboot into USB it should then stop alerting about missing drivers one installation is done go back to bios and set USB 3.0 back to enabled and then save the changes and boot back into Windows and then continue with driver Installation.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2016-05-23, 18:48 PM
i have the 4rd Gen (2016) it have only 3 x USB3.0. But i also tried the USB2.0 Port with the Onlink+ Dockingstation. Same shi***
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Re: Installing Windows 7 64 bit on ThinkPad Carbon X1 3rd gen

2017-10-07, 5:09 AM

Guys, it has been a while this question was posted, but I have the same problem and did not see a solution!

 

I am trying to install Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 on my X1 carbon Type 20BT (3rd gen). Managed to create a bootable USB stick, installed windows, but it is as good as dead  - there is no drivers for most of the hardware, starting with the PCI controller, no network interfaces so I can't connect to WiFi, etc.

 

I looked on the Lenovo support site for various components, installed .NET and system update, but can't figure out the order of driver installation (transfer the drivers from anther computer using USB stick).

 

Shouldn't there be some bundle for this computer to make it usable on Windows 7?

 

Any help will be highly appreciated!

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