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11-16-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-11-24, 21:41 PM

This is getting really frustrating.  I want to buy a new machine.  I want to buy it today and have it delivered in a few days. 

 

Today I get a big email ad from Lenovo with 72 hour Black Friday savings of around $150 on many systems, including the K230 and K300 systems I'm looking at.    But K230's are still not 7/EE.  And K300's are still "four weeks+" for delivery. 

 

WHY THE HECK ARE YOU ADVERTISING SYSTEMS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THEM AND WON'T TELL US WHEN YOU WILL HAVE THEM?  WHY ARE YOU ADVERTISING *FREE* INSTANT UPGRADES TO 7 WHEN THEY COST $17, ARE MISSING MOST OF EE, AND MAKE YOU STRIP HALF THE SOFTWARE OFF YOUR MACHINE?

 

Sorry for shouting, but this is the first time in 10 years that I have gone to the IBM/Lenovo webpages and not been able to pick a machine, pay for it, and have it delivered in a few days.  You may have some great inventors, but your marketing is (deleted).

 

I'm going to calm down, wait for a month, and see if you've gotten your act together and sell a simple, mid-cost Core Quad Windows 7 desktop with EE that will ship in a few days.  Otherwise, you've lost a long time customer.

 

 

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11-28-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-11-28, 12:35 PM

I was just wondering because I just bought my T400s this week. if I could get a recovery disc of Windows 7.

Its strange that most of Lenovo's notebooks are preloaded with Windows 7 but not the T400s. Is there a way to get recovery discs?

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02-01-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-11-28, 19:23 PM

I have a X200T that I have already upgraded with Win7 Ultimate, and everything works great.

Yesterday I got the upgrade cd's from Lenovo.

 

Will there be any improvement or benefit to install the win7 cd,s from Lenovo?

 

I have read the posts here, but am still not understand this.

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10-21-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-09, 14:58 PM

@albatrossNY  and @evro

Thanks for the replies.  Believe me I understand your point.  The feedback and appetite for Enhanced Experience has been very healthy.  So much so that we are looking at ways to spread the goodness wherever possible (at least more than originally planned).  An easy way would be to ship Win7 Recovery CDs but there are some legal and financial concerns that we are working through, if we even can.  Outside of that I am trying push the improvements we have made in the preload into the individual packages that are published to lenovo.com and TVSU - and that's not as easy as it sounds.  Redist rights are complicated.

 

Anyway, unless you have an Enhanced Experience preload, I still recommend the Win7 clean install route and then install off of lenovo.com and TVSU according to your preference.  If you have questions about individual packages just post to the forums so I or any of the smart posters here can help.

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10-19-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-10, 0:21 AM

I have an SSD T500 purchased oct 20 this year (painful I know) and I am trying to make sense of all of this EE discussion. I followed the instructions that came with my Windows 7 upgrade CD last night. I didn't clean install because the little booklet listed out steps that I assumed were the Lenovo recommended way to go.

 

Am I doing harm to my SSD by not having clean installed (either performance or eventual degradation)? I plugged in the companion disk as well and did whatever it prompted me to (only one step and just a couple of moments). Does this mean that I have the closes optimization of my system to EE that I can get? Is the BIOS updated? When I go to the BIOS page on Lenovo and look up Tseries it doesn't seem to list my machine.

 

Sorry to rehash the same posts over and over again, but it seems that even the clearest of answers manage to eventually confuse me after I read the rest of the discussion.

 

Thanks in advance

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09-11-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-11, 3:12 AM

wrote:

 

....

 

Am I doing harm to my SSD by not having clean installed (either performance or eventual degradation)?

 

...

 

AtticusJames, I just wanted to clarify one part of your question for you. Any I/O read/write information on your SSD will cause a very VERY small amount of degradation which, over a long time, lowers its performance respectivley. I would not worry about formatting and installing on your SSD if I were you. This just happens, those drives weren't made to last forever :smileywink:.

 

If you DO worry about it and want to extend the life of your SSD, look into a program like Diskeeper Pro 2010 (or something similar). This program was made with SSD's in mind, here is a quote from Diskeeper's help file that explains it way better than I could:

 

"Solid state drive (SSD) technology delivers faster and better performance than conventional hard disk drives. However, Microsoft Windows is not optimized for NAND Flash as a principal storage device, such as is used with SSDs. As a result, computers with SSD storage devices will eventually experience a very noticeable and dramatic performance deterioration (up to 80%), to the degree that they will operate much slower than they would with a hard disk. Research at Diskeeper Corporation has shown that SSD performance can be greatly improved by a special type of optimization.

HyperFast technology is the innovative new solution to increase performance and extend the useful life of Solid State Drives (SSDs). HyperFast automatically detects SSDs and applies specialized processing to optimize them. Using HyperFast technology, your SSDs will maintain that out-of-box speed for file writes, which would otherwise deteriorate over time. This optimization process also minimizes the number of erase-write cycles that would otherwise occur through normal use, thereby increasing SSD longevity."

Lenovo T61 6459 CTO 2.4Ghz x64 4Gb RAM -- 320Gb 7200RPM HD + 100Gb 7200RPM Ultrabay HD; Win 7 RTM x64, Ubuntu 9.04 x64
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11-22-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-14, 20:06 PM

following this advice to do a clean install using the Lenovo Upgrade DVD, from Vista Bus64 to Win7 Pro 64, here is what has happened to me:

 

Access Help - not there (installs to Windows Dir, not reachable). Here I assume Win7 EE has a customised Help and Support, so thanks for releasing the Access Help file installer now how do we use it after installing it???

 

Mobile Broadband Connect - no Windows 7 download available

Roxio - disappears completely

Worst - Rescue and Recovery partitions - Win7 gives you a 100MB PE which aint big enough for RnR 43 - and 43 doesnt create a binary.

 

So following this advice, the PC is crippled with no Win7 recovery partition - really, the upgrade DVD should blat te machine and give it a binary recovery image, or let you create one on a spare HDD partition, and we should have step by step guidance for this, provided as part of the upgrade.

 

The gaps are not yet addressed through TVSU and I doubt the last one can be addressed through TVSU.

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11-22-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-20, 15:35 PM

What is the situation with access help?

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11-09-2009

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2009-12-22, 6:46 AM

Thanks PerfGuy, I appreciate the reply from a Lenovo engineer who is working hard to make my current devices better, and my future devices awesome.  It's amazing how much more understanding that you are than some non-Lenovo employees who always trash anyone on this board.  I appreciate your inventions and courtesy.

 

I hope your marketing/sales department can come up with a way we can get the Enhancements. 

 

Just throwing this out there.  I would be willing to pay a $10 to $25 fee per computer to get some sort of Lenovo enhancement application. 

 

Maybe your marketing department can do a survey and find that many of us are willing to pay for these things, not just complain on the message boards.

 


wrote:

  and

Thanks for the replies.  Believe me I understand your point.  The feedback and appetite for Enhanced Experience has been very healthy.  So much so that we are looking at ways to spread the goodness wherever possible (at least more than originally planned).  An easy way would be to ship Win7 Recovery CDs but there are some legal and financial concerns that we are working through, if we even can.  Outside of that I am trying push the improvements we have made in the preload into the individual packages that are published to lenovo.com and TVSU - and that's not as easy as it sounds.  Redist rights are complicated.

 

Anyway, unless you have an Enhanced Experience preload, I still recommend the Win7 clean install route and then install off of lenovo.com and TVSU according to your preference.  If you have questions about individual packages just post to the forums so I or any of the smart posters here can help.


 

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35 Posts

05-26-2009

US

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Re: Lenovo Win 7 Enhanced Experience

2010-01-04, 19:08 PM

I'm a wee bit confused about the Win7 EE process. I purchased my W700 Jan 09 so I don't fall within the window for the Win7 recovery CD set. I performed a clean installed of Win7 Ultimate x64 on a new HD I also installed the ThinkVantage System Update utility after installing Win7, then ran the update from Lenovo.

 

Have I taken advantage of the Win7 EE updates or is there something else that I need to do or am I lost in the woods? I don't see the response times mentioned in the video by Perfguy :smileysad:

 

BTW Win7 is MUCH better than Vista!!!!!! :smileyvery-happy: but I'd love to have any additional performance increases.

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