Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Windows 7 Pro X64 Clean Install To X140E Freezes At 4 Percent

Apr 24, 2014

X140E model 20Bl.Attempting to do a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. In BIOS set UEFI/Legacy Boot to "Legacy Only".  Secure Boot is set to "Disabled".  SATA Controller Mode Option is set to "AHCI".  I boot from an external DVD drive.  Windows Setup loads.  Select "Install Now". Pick "Custom". Select "Drive Options". Delete existing drives. Select "Load Driver" and browse CD where I downloaded and unpacked the AMD AHCI W764A driver.After driver is installed, go back to Win 7 Pro DVD, click "Refresh" and "Next".  Windows Copies Files and goes to "Expanding WIndows Files". and at 4% freezes.  Mouse does not move and system is locked.

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: X240 Windows 7 Freezes

Jul 14, 2014

We bought 12 X240 pc's and installed a Windows 7 64bit OS on them. We are having problems on several laptop (5 so far) that they freeze several times a day. The mouse icon changes in the processing icon, you can still move your mouse but can't click anything or even press ctrl + alt + del. Have to long press the power key to get them to power off.
I already read that there were problems with the fingerprint reader software, uninstalled it but still having the problems (fingerprint reader is disabled in BIOS). Also upgraded the fingerprint reader software to the latest version on another pc, but same problem.
Ran solution center on one of the PC's, didn't find any problems. Ran system update and updated all to the latest version. Also tried to change the power settings to Performance mode in windows. But problem keeps coming back.
I tried installing the latest Intel graphics driver, but it fails to start stating that you need a version from the manufacturer. No error messages in the windows event logs.
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Feb 13, 2014

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Sep 25, 2014

I am trying to install windows 8 from the 3 disks that came with the X1 Carbon. There is no DVD drive and we have no external disk drive, so I need to create a bootable USB for this. The laptop came with windows 7 on it.
It is easy to use DISKPART to ready the USB as a bootable device, but how to I take the data from the 3 DVDs and put it onto the USB so that it works? The first one only has drivers but the OS install is split onto two disks. I referred to a KB article but it was talking about autorun files that are not present on these DVDs.
The DVDs I have are labeled as

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Nov 8, 2014

I have S430, bios 2.58 I decided to upgrade my HDD to SSD and install clean Windows on it.
I've downloaded Windows 7 ISO from [URL] ....
Then I have loaded it into Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
Prepared with that app bootable DVD and flash
First I tryied to install Windows from usb, installer runs and asked me for CDDVD drivers. I sat up USB3.0 to disabled, then in browser window I can see my flash, but the message about drivers remains..

Also I copyed USB3 driver from [URL] ... to another flash and tryed to give them instead of CD-DVD drivers, but they are shown as "not compatible"
Next i tryied with DVD, but I can't even load installer - DVD begin to roll, but then shows me "choose boot device" dialog. Secure boot is OFF, UEFI tryied both Legacy Only  and UEFI only....

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Lenovo X220 X Series ThinkPad :: Microphone Quite After Fresh Windows 8 Install?

Mar 30, 2013

I just did a system restore of windows 8 (clean wipe) and went through the process of reinstalling all the drivers.  I installed the latest version SmartAudio (  In Google hang out it said the microphone wasn't working, then I clicked on the settings and made the internal mic the default, I got good mic for 1 second.  Did it again and the same thing.  But this is only for a single second.  In skype I tried the same thing and it is just super quite, it doesn't register on the scale unless I blow directly into the mic (so I know it's picking something up).  Last week I had my upgraded from win 7 Windows 8 install working just fine with the microphone (zero problems ever before with this thing).  I checked in mic properties and DB and volume are set to max. So what is it about the fresh install that is making the mic all cracked out? (I checked the SmartAudio settings too) I'm having issues with my Bluetooth mouse too(disconnects at restart and have to reinstall) and Power Manager (it doesn't show up as a toolbar anymore).  P.S.. I've gone to the X220 site and downloaded the latest drivers and installed system update.

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The screen turns black but the computer is still working and when I start moving with mouse it shows me the login screen. So basically it just logs me off.
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May 13, 2014

when I try to install the Windows 8 copy I got with my Lenovo S440 in a virtual box environment

the installation procedure hangs on the windows splash screen. I never saw a Windows 8 installation

procedure before, so I booted my laptop from the installation media to check if it is corrupted.

This works fine. A loading dot circle is displayed under the logo after a few seconds and than after quiet

a while the lenovo wizard is shown... so it has to be an issue with the virtual box. 

I attached a screenshot to show you where it hangs.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W Series :: W530 - Freezes On Boot With External Drives Connected

Jan 29, 2014

I run the W530 with a dual boot setup with Windows 7 and a Ubuntu distro, with the Windows as the default one. 
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Im not sure if this relates to my dual boot setup or what.

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Apr 21, 2010

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And since there is a lot of users here who own the VAIO E-Series, I think it might be useful.

So, can anyone share his experience with a clean install on the VAIO E-Series and how did you do that?

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I have a Lenovo Edge 330 (E330), with win 7 pro pre-installed. I'm annoyed by all the software that's installed together with the laptop, and I'd rather want the laptop with a clean install of Win 7. I have a Win 7 Enterprise, but not a Pro. If I attempt to install Win 7 Ent., would this cause any trouble? Drivers for all hardware seems to be available from the support site, that shouldn't cause any problem.

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Oct 31, 2013

I was just wondering what the average time was for a totally dead y510p to charge while using it for some light browsing on the internet. It seems to charge really slow especially after it reaches about 80 percent or so. I was curious to see what other owners have had in terms of charge time. I seem to have narrowed it down to about 5 percent every 10 minutes while my cousins HP charges way faster. Not too upset about it but a bit curious. For example as I am typing this out it's been at 99% for the past 20 minutes or so, and HW monitor shows it charging really slowly but when its at like 50 percent it charges at a decent rate maybe about 10 mwh every 5 seconds or so.

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Jul 2, 2013

How can I perform a clean install of Windows 8 on my thinkpad T431s (windows 8)? I can't find recovery dvd or a tool to create them.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W Series :: W520 (4284) - Cannot Load SATA Driver For Clean Win7 X64 Installation

Jun 14, 2012

I researched I need the Intel SATA AHCI Driver for performing a clean Windows 7 installation 
I tried:
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2. tried supplying drivers on DVD/CD and USB
3. tried to integrate drivers into Windows 7 Installation using RT7Lite
4. did bios update
5. switched from AHCO to compatible mode
In any case it finds the driver as the correct one (when I click hide drivers that are not compatible, the one remains). But always displays no driver found and doesn't continue setup.
This seems to be a bug!!!
1. Is there a way to fix this and perform a clean Windows 7 installation without recovery?
2. Am I trying the wrong driver, but have to install a driver for a different device first???
I am about to replace the HDD with an SDD and there can not use recovery!

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Nov 20, 2012

best way to install a *clean* version of Windows 8 to their Thinkpad that came with Windows 8?
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I have Windows upgrade media I purchased for my desktop, but that install program says the installation won't work with the Lenovo Product Key specific to my Thinkpad T430s (I'm guessing it's an OEM product key while the install media is an upgrade looking for a previously installed Windows 7?)

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Aug 30, 2013

I had an extra Lenovo T410 sitting around so I wanted to restore it to its "factory state" by performing a "format boot". Plan was to boot from CD drive and reinstall Windows 7 (32 bit) during the process. However, disaster, after the process finished I am now stuck in some sort of safe mode (everything is larger than usual) and the computer is missing several drivers. I installed the network adapter driver manually (can identify networks but can't connect to internet). Device manager still lists Base System Device, Ethernet Controller, PCI Serial Port, PCI Simple Communications Controller, and Unknown Device drivers to be out of date.
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Feb 18, 2014

I am trying to install access connections on my x60 but after the I reboot to complete installation I get an error message that msvcp71.dll can't be located. 

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Jun 14, 2014

I have a thinkpad W500 and I'm reinstalling Windows 7 after years of running linux (I got tired of my video drivers being unsupported due to the age of the card).  However, when I attempt to install system update, I get the message "an error occured while gathering user information" and I cannot continue.  How can I get the switchable graphics, power, and keyboard drivers properly installed?  I don't really care about the rest of the software, it just that system update is the only way I know of to get it.

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Jun 2, 2014

I'm struggling to get the touchpad on my x220 to work. The UltraNav driver for it won't install, complaining that the "Synaptics device not found!"
I know the touchpad is there, because i can see it. I have done all the obvious things like updates, bios settings etc.

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Dec 1, 2012

My Y580 should be arriving shortly. I got it on the Black Friday Special and it comes with Windows 8. I bought a SSD to replace the HDD and I am wanting to downgrade it to a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate or Pro and I have a couple questions:
How to do this for the Y580? I have not been able to locate one.
Also I am assuming I would not want to use the Windows 8 device drivers correct? Do I use the Windows 7 device drivers?
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Lenovo 11e E/Edge :: ThinkPad E430 Lag Spikes / Short Freezes

Jul 2, 2013

My laptop freezes for a couple of seconds randomly from time to time. The problem sounds like this one: [URL] .....But CC cleaner did not solve the issue.

The problem happens with almost every program such as microsoft word e.g. if I type and it freezes, the words will come out after it unfreeze.

Before the freeze, the laptop usually becomes very quiet then a few seconds later something spins and freezes the computer. I can assume that it is the HDD. However, the computer does not freeze every time the hard disk spins loudly.

When the disk spins loudly, the HDD activity spikes in task manager and the 'system' is the program that corresponds to the spike which is 'ntoskrnl'. However, the data transfer is no more that 0.1 MB/s during the spike.

I tried running in safe mode and I'm not very sure if it worked. The disk spins loudly much less often but the freeze did not seem to happen. Safe mode either tells me that it is a program/connecting to the internet/(maybe the system) that makes this freeze.

I tried a hard disk scan using lenovo solution centre and it found no problems. Also tried antivirus scan using windows defender and found nothing after a full scan.

Finally specifications:
OS: Windows 8
HDD: 1TB (upgraded from 750GB)
RAM: 8GB (upgraded from 4GB)
intel Core i5 3210M @2.5GHz 2.5GHz
Bios: v2.52

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Jul 2, 2014

This computer originally had an issue with the 2100 Detection Error. This computer was previously built with no issues when it was imaged with our company's Windows 8 configuration in which I am highly sure our IT engineers have worked closely with Lenovo on. Also out of the tens of thousand computers that were imaged this way this is the only system I have dealt with that has this issue. I luckily had a good T440 I could test this system's SSD in. The hard drive appears to be fine with no issues. So that rules out to be the SSD. I ordered a system board under warranty and installed it. Everything so far responded fine with the system board replacement until I performed the model type/serial number and UUID update using my 1.86 maintenance update USB thumb drive. After that completed the computer froze on the Thinkpad Logo screen. I verified again for my piece of mind that the memory module and SSD was fine. Sure enough those components were tested fine in a known working T440. So I submitted the system board as a DOA with an explanation. I received another system board to replace with the DOA. I installed that system board to once again update the Model Type/Serial Number and UUID using my USB maintenance disk 1.86 thumbdrive to once again end up with a locked computer at the Thinkpad Logo screen. I have replaced a couple of other T440 and T540 system boards during this time also with using the same USB maintenance disk thumbdrive used for updating those system's model type/serial number and UUID. So I know the issue is not with the USB thumb drive. I am very frustrated with this system. I hate to keep submitting DOAs for the same system.

Since the BIOS is part of the system board and I have not had these issues with the many T440 system boards I have replaced successfully that performing a BIOS update is not a good excuse why this doesn't work on this particular T440 and since after replacing a system board under "DOA" and updating with the maintenance disk and froze there is not a way I can run a BIOs update on this system now right?

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Dec 8, 2014

I have a x60s (t2400, 2gb ram) as a spare laptop (also just because i really like it).i know there are more models and that the cpu is solderd onto the mainboard. if i want a t7200 cpu, can i then just replace the entire mainboard? or does that later model have diffrent cooling wich my t2400 doesnt have?
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