01-26-2010 10:03 AM - edited 01-26-2010 10:24 AM
Hi, I bought my laptop (y530 with windows vista home premium 32bit) in august this year and I can buy the so-called "free" upgrade to windows 7. I would like to upgrade my laptop to windows 7 but the 64 bit edition. I know I can't do the upgrade itself, but what about clean install? Can I format my hd and do a clean install from the upgrade kit to win 7 64 bit? Does the upgrade act like a regular full version of windows or it needs some files from vista? I don't care about the files on my drive, I can make a backup. I just want to know if it is possible and most of all if it is LEGAL. And can I actually buy the win 7 64 bit upgrade even if I do have a 32 bit vista?
thx for answers
01-26-2010 11:04 AM
you can format your hdd and install it ( backup your data and driver folder on volume d: )
but if you install windows 7 by yourself, one key recover may not work.
and don't forget to compare 32 and 64 bit.
( i suggest you 32 bit because of all needed drivers are available, for 64 bit, still there're missing drivers )
and yes, you can buy any operation system you want.just don't forget to stick "key" to your laptop.
after instalation you'll need to update drivers for y530,and do it from here.
01-26-2010 11:24 AM - edited 01-26-2010 02:16 PM
So what exactly is the upgrade kit? Is it just called like that and in fact it's a regular full version of windows, but with special price for people who have an older version of windows? Am I right? I thought that it needs some files or whatever from vista but I've heard people can upgradeit from win XP... I'm confused...
I want to buy it and I really don't know which one.
01-26-2010 05:22 PM - edited 01-26-2010 05:22 PM
It's not really clear what you are asking? Anyway.....
1. You can't get a 64 bit Win 7 upgrade from Lenovo (Microsoft wont allow them to sell you an upgrade)
2. You may be able to buy a retail upgrade from Microtsoft (you need to ask Microsoft about that)
3. You can buy a retail version on Win 7 64 bit from Microsoft and install that on youtr Thinkpad.
Any standard Win 7 64bit version will basically install "clean" on most recent ThinkPad models. You can then go to the Lenovo web site, download the System Update utility, install it and then let it determine what device drivers (etc) you will need to achieve optimal performance from Win 7 on your Thinkpad.
If you have an upgrade version of Win 7 there are ways of doing a "clean" install... do a Google search and you'll find them quickly enough.
01-27-2010 12:27 AM
While ordering an upgrade I can choose whatever version of windows 7 I want. The thing that is I have to type in my serial number. Does the serial number have info about my pre-installed OS?
And about your answers:
1. Yes I can: http://www.lenovo.com/windows7/europe/free_win7.ht
2. I don't what a retail, too expensive, the one above is for 17 euro
3. Look above
so as you can see it may be a little bit confusing, but I've seen so many inconsistent answers that I have to ask one more time
01-28-2010 07:10 PM
While ordering an upgrade I can choose whatever version of windows 7 I want.
If you can get that to work when the order is actually processed, go for it... but its not supposed to work.
The serial number does attach to a specific build configuration for that particular machine, including the original OS supplied with it.
01-30-2010 01:56 PM
I would be happy to know if it worked for you as I also have the 32bit ver. and able to order the 64bit one.
But I have no idea if the serial number will work...