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11-07-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-07, 9:24 AM

The upgrade disc won't allow for a clean install????

 

So you're telling me that I'll have to install Vista AGAIN if I want to install Windows 7 to the new internal hard drive I just bought for my t400?

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10-30-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-08, 3:06 AM

There is also at least one Web site (winsupersite) that has details of how to do a true clean/fresh install from the retail Windows 7 upgrade disks, but I don't know if it will work with the MS/Lenovo ones.

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10-28-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-08, 3:21 AM

For what it's worth:

 

I got my free upgrade for my Dell Optiplex on Friday.  It came from Mentor Media, and I'm assuming that the actual upgrade media itself can't really be that different between OEMs.

 

I WAS able to do a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit over Vista 64-bit.  The key to doing so is to boot from the DVD, choose the "Custom Install" option, delete all of your hard drive partitions, and then create a new partition and install Windows 7 on it.  (This is basically the same method you would use to perform a clean install of Windows XP.)  My install had no problem accepting the product key and activating over the Internet.

 

The retail upgrade that I bought for my custom-built desktop worked the same way.  So I can't imagine it is manufacturer specific.

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-07, 14:01 PM
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10-22-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-08, 16:05 PM

Hey Paradox,

 

Thanks for sharing your experience.  Hopefully Lenovo's upgrade will also allow a bootup/clean install.

 

I guess now the only question is whether the OEM media includes both 32 and 64-bit versions.  According to the link I posted before, Sony's OEM DID include both versions on the same disc.

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10-22-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-09, 18:56 PM

 


wrote:

 

I guess now the only question is whether the OEM media includes both 32 and 64-bit versions.  According to the link I posted before, Sony's OEM DID include both versions on the same disc.


 

Just got my Win 7 DVD today -- the answer is no, you only get 32 OR 64, not both.

 

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09-23-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-09, 19:02 PM

So this also means that the Drivers are for the specific bits? (32bit for example)

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10-28-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-09, 19:04 PM

 


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Hey Paradox,

 

I guess now the only question is whether the OEM media includes both 32 and 64-bit versions.  According to the link I posted before, Sony's OEM DID include both versions on the same disc.

 

 

As posted before, you only get the upgrade equivalent to what came with your computer.  If you got 32-bit Vista with the system, you're getting a 32-bit Win7 upgrade.

 

In the case of Sony, maybe they included the 32-bit and 64-bit versions (with only one preloaded) when they sold the computer, so they're providing upgrade paths for both?  Just thinking out loud.

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10-22-2009

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-09, 19:08 PM

I don't know about the drivers. The DVD doesn't say one way or the other.

 

I'm still trying to determine whether to delete the S and/or Q partitions before I do a clean install of Win 7 (it's actually probably easier to do a clean install, because Lenovo says that you have to uninstall around 30 apps (mostly from Lenovo) before doing the upgrade install).

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Re: Windows 7 upgrade: Lenovo please read!

2009-11-09, 19:18 PM

 


wrote:
I'm still trying to determine whether to delete the S and/or Q partitions before I do a clean install of Win 7 (it's actually probably easier to do a clean install, because Lenovo says that you have to uninstall around 30 apps (mostly from Lenovo) before doing the upgrade install).

The Q partition is ok to get rid of.  Make a set of recovery media (if you really want to) and then blow it up.

 

As far as I can tell, the S partition contains the bootloader for Vista/XP (whichever OS came preloaded) and the system recovery tools.  If you are doing a clean install of Windows 7, then it should be ok to nuke the S partition as well.  I read that someone on the Notebook Review forums did this when doing a clean install of Vista and didn't have any problems afterward.

 

As I have not tried this myself (I will once I get my Windows 7 DVD) I cannot yet relate any personal experience.  However, I will be doing this, since my T500 has a 64GB SSD and every extra gigabyte counts.

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