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a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-26, 7:30 AM

Hi, 

 

I have installed Thinkpad -brands 1000-2000 in my career but every now and then Lenovo publish new products I usually face these nasty driver issues.

 

I have a slight problem, I got a new Lenovo Thinkpad X260 and want to install a clean Windows 7 installation  on to it. I am doing the installation from USB stick (I tried the CDROM too)

 

The problem is that Windows 7 installation does not detect a harddrive. X260 has an nvme ssd and it is missing the drivers. I have tried to find a solution for this without any luck what so ever yet. I happened to notice that Windows 7 installation ISO image does not have in-box drivers for the nvm ssd drive. I tried to find it from Lenovo Support site under X260. In addition I found out that I need to download a hotfix for the  Windows 7 installation media. I was not able to download it because microsoft did not send the download link via email Could any of you, be so kind that provide me the step by step guide for getting it work. 

 

I think I need the nvm ssd drivers and usb 3 drivers for the installation to be succeeded.

 

 

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-26, 8:31 AM

Hello,

 

I don't have an X260 myself, but have you tried using either Samsung's or Intel's NVMe drivers and injecting them as you would any other mass storage controller during Windows  7 installation?  Once the OS is loaded, you can connect to a network and complete the driver installation via Windows Update, ThinkVantage System Update or other preferred mechanism (WSUS).

 

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-26, 10:16 AM

Thanks, I will try this. Although if I recall correctly BIOS boot recognized the usb drive, but when I go into Windows installer and tried to use browse for drivers, there was no usb drive at all. That's why I said earlier that I maybe need usb 3.0 drivers as well. In addition I found one guide where you would create an usb bootable drive with the missing drivers but that hotfix from Microsoft did not allow me to dowload it.

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-26, 12:03 PM

Yes that's right Windows 7 requires USB 3.0 drivers aswell, quick solution is to change USB 3.0 [enabled] to [Disabled] that way ports will act as USB 2.0 and then you can install once NVMe driver is loaded after installation is done run WiFi driver first once you done that reboot and enable USB 3.0 again and then download system update tool and let it download the rest of drivers and install them and ypur USB 3.0 should be installed aswell :)

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-26, 18:20 PM

I tried to disable usb from BIOS. The result was that I could not even boot from the usb drive. I think the only option is now just to use pre-installed OS. I have also tried to download both of those NVM drivers both Intel and Samsung's no luck there as well :(

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-28, 9:25 AM

Hello,

 

Have you tried using an external USB DVD±RW disc drive to boot from a Windows 7 Enterprise installation DVD?  If so, did that work any better than attempting to install from a USB flash drive?

 

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-04-28, 10:23 AM

Yes, I have same problem with external DVD drive than USB stick. Still, I think I have two separate issues here.

 

1. USB 3.0 drivers missing from the installation media. (BIOS recognizes the usb stick and external DVD drive) I bypassed this problem through Preinstalled OS copied the NVMe Intel and Samsung's drivers directly to the C drive. No luck

2. NVMe Solid State drivers missing from the installation media

 

 

I bypassed this issue by installing Windows 10 ENT but I am NOT happy with this, because I am sure that next X260 that I have to install should be Windows 7 clean installation. So, I still need a working solution for this.

 

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-08-26, 20:24 PM
This is not an option in the X260 BIOS
I keep reading this in other threads but it just doesn't apply.
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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-08-26, 20:30 PM

Adding Windows 10 content here is out of scope.

Let's stick to Windows 7 Enterprise and get a TRUE solution going for all of us.  

 

I tried the previosly proposed solution of using WSOFFLINE tool but that only corrupted my install.
I was able to slipstream usb3 drivers (boot.wim) and the hotfix for NVMe SSD - but both proposed items did not yield good results.  Hard to tell if the failure is boot.wim related or just a corrupt image.  [Windows Failed to Start | Status: 0xc0000225]  

Either way, people are looking for a step by step process, with no ambiguity (which is all we seem to get).  
Please be clear and step based when providing a solution.  I'm not green, just a lot of rushed writing (IMO).

 

Thanks in advance!  

 

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Re: a clean Windows 7 ENT 64bit installation on Thinkpad X260

2016-10-12, 14:53 PM

UPDATE!

 

I've got an *actual* solution to this problem we are all facing.

 

Presumption:  You have a Lenovo-approved, working installation of Windows 7 Professional on an X260 at your disposal.  

 

The most reliable method of resolving this issue is to use a 3rd party software called Glary Utilities in the following fashion:

 

 

 

1. Install and open Glary Utilities

 

2. Go to the 2nd page of advanced tools > Drivers > backup

 

3. Check "Hide Microsoft Drivers" and select your backup file location (I recommend making a folder at C:\Backupdrivers for ease of selecting them when going through the enterprise install process)

 

4. Select "backup selected drivers".

 

5. After backing up whatever you want from your environment, let's install Windows 7 enterprise!

 

6. Boot Windows 7 Enterprise via UEFI off of a CD.

 

7. We're all familiar with the "can't locate drivers" popup.  But this time we're prepared.  Browse to C:\BackupDrivers\[every single folder], one at a time, and click-shift to select all the drivers that are in each folder.

 

8.  Install those drivers, one folder at a time.  By the end of the process, your SSD will be recognized and you'll be allowed to proceed to the partition setup screen.  At this point, I chose to format the Windows partition and install a clean version of Windows 7 Enterprise.  

 

Good luck all.

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