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Lenovo Helix - Clean Install of Windows 8.1 - Best way to load Software and Drivers

2015-03-30, 15:55 PM

I am considering doing a clean install of the Windows 8.1 operating system on my Lenovo Helix.  What I am wondering is if (After I install the operating system) there is an easy way to get all teh lenovo drivers and software loaded without having to download/install each of them one at a time?

 

If not, is there a specific set or order from which they should be installed?

 

Is there anything I would lose by doing a clean install of 8.1?

 

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Re: Lenovo Helix - Clean Install of Windows 8.1 - Best way to load Software and Drivers

2015-03-31, 20:29 PM

Good day.

 

I'd recommend starting by installing ThinkVantage System Update: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/migr-73695

to get most, if not all, of your drivers squared away. If you end up with any leftover unknown items or anything with a yellow bang "!" In Device Manager, please post back.

 

Also, depending on whether you have, Gen1 or Gen2 Helix, please see either:

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-helix-series-laptops/thinkpad-helix-type-3xxx

or

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-helix-series-laptops/thinkpad-helix-type-20cg-20ch

respectively.

 

Hope this helps get you started.

Regards.


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Re: Lenovo Helix - Clean Install of Windows 8.1 - Best way to load Software and Drivers

2015-04-07, 14:20 PM

Sarbin,

 

Thanks so much for the advice.  That is what I thought but I just wanted to make sure before I started teh process.  I am still setting things up but so far it has worked out great.  I was able to set my system up the way I wanted to.  I typically like to have the OS and data files on seperate drives so I found a way to do it cleanly during the install process.  I also got the reset/refresh to work again along with creating my own custom refresh image which is stored on a partition and externally.  

 

I only have one device issue that has popped up.  My keyboard has begun to work somewhat wonky.  Sometimes if I am in tablet mode then switch to keyboard mode the keyboard doesn't respond.  It will only respond after several reboots/shutdowns.  Is there a good way to make Lenovo System Update reinstall the keyboard drivers?  If you have any advice on fixing this issue that would be great.

 

I also thought I was going to lose all teh Lenovo specific apps when I did a clean install.  I didn't.  The only one I don't see is one which was called "Lenovo Experience".  It was nice but if that is all I lost then I am ok with it.

 

I love this computer.  Now it feels like new again....

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Re: Lenovo Helix - Clean Install of Windows 8.1 - Best way to load Software and Drivers

2015-04-09, 3:19 AM

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Sarbin,

 

...

 

I only have one device issue that has popped up.  My keyboard has begun to work somewhat wonky.  Sometimes if I am in tablet mode then switch to keyboard mode the keyboard doesn't respond.  It will only respond after several reboots/shutdowns.  Is there a good way to make Lenovo System Update reinstall the keyboard drivers?  If you have any advice on fixing this issue that would be great.

 

I also thought I was going to lose all teh Lenovo specific apps when I did a clean install.  I didn't.  The only one I don't see is one which was called "Lenovo Experience".  It was nice but if that is all I lost then I am ok with it.

 

I love this computer.  Now it feels like new again....


You're welcome. :)

 

Some things I prefer to install manually, outside of TVSU. BIOS and firmware are good examples. Have a look through the driver listing for the keyboard/dock update and scan the readme. The behavior you're seeing may be part of that fix.

 

Looking at one of my Win8 OEM-preload machines, the Lenovo Experience shortcut points at "dxpserver.exe". Maybe that info will help pinpoint if there's an installer for the complete package.

 

Hope this helps.

Regards.


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