09-01-2019 01:32 AM - edited 09-01-2019 01:41 AM
Got a new mSATA SSD (Kingston 240GB UV500 mSATA SUV500MS/240G 3D TLC SSD) for my X220 but I was just too lazy to migrate the OS partition from HDD to SSD. So I decided to clean install Windows 10 Version 1903 onto it. The installation went very well and Windows 10 Version 1903 just works great without any hiccup so far. The following is a quick walk-thru how to install Windows 10 Version 1903 and required drivers and software onto ThinkPad X220.
1, My ThinkPad X220 setting before installation:
Upgrade the BIOS to the latest version before installation - 1.46 (8DET76WW) https://support.lenovo.com/hk/en/downloads/ds018805
2. Windows 10 License
My X220 has got a Windows 10 Pro digital license already. So the digital license will be load automatically back to my X220 after the installation.
3. Where to download Windows 10 Version 1903:
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10, use the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drvie (8GB recommended)
4. Installation of Windows 10 Version 1903:
Note: Please backup your data before moving forward otherwise all your data will be loss.
The installation procedures are pretty much the same as the previous versions of Windows 10. You may find the following links useful in case you need any assistance:
For my setup, I chose "Custom" installation type so that I can manage the paritions myself and perform a clean installation. First of all, I deleted all the previously created partisions. Then I created one big parition for Drive 0 (HDD) and allocated all space of it. Finally select Drive 1 (SSD) for the Windows installation and click Next.
5. Install Drivers and Software:
After the installation of Windows, you may want to install the drivers for your ThinkPad X220. Windows 10 installed some drivers on your X220 but not all. You will need to install those missing drivers and software yourself.
That's all you need. In case you want to install ThinkPad LCD Monitor INF and other Windows 10 drivers and software, you may go the X220 support page and have a look:
Enjoy your X220 and stay happy with it.