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lenovo thinkpad x100e установка windows 7

Lenovo thinkpad x100e установка windows 7

I got an X100E nearly a year ago and have never been happy with all the extra ‘junk’ software that came pre-installed with it. Sure there are a few useful items, but like many business users, I’d much prefer a clean installation of Windows so I could install the programs I’ve found from experience work well.

I’ve currently got a problem that’s going to require reinstalling from the CD that Lenovo’s sending me and this would be an ideal time to get the clean install I need. The problem is, this will be an image for the entire drive that will leave the machine in the state in which it shipped originally including all the unwanted bloatware.

It’s not really feasible to uninstall all the unwanted stuff — I tried this several times soon after getting the machine and had serious problems. Not all of the stuff is uninstallable and even the items that do uninstall don’t do so properly. After resetting to factory two or three times I gave up.

How can I get the clean installation I’m looking for? I can see from the support pages that this isn’t an unusual requirement and all of the extras are available for download and installation if needed so where can I find details of how to do a clean install?

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

If you want to do a clean install of just Windows 7 you will need a proper Windows 7 DVD. You already have a key for Windows 7 stuck to your X100e so really all you need to do is borrow the same DVD from a friend and install it with that key — that would be legal since you’re already licenced to use Windows 7 you just don’t have the media!

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

How can I get the clean installation I’m looking for? I can see from the support pages that this isn’t an unusual requirement and all of the extras are available for download and installation if needed so where can I find details of how to do a clean install?

Backup the lenovo activation data with ABR

Use a MS vanilla media to install windows (providing no key)

Restore the activation data with ABR

Install think vantage updater and install just the drivers/lenovo stuff you want

Install the updated ati drivers (not the old ones provided by lenovo)

Install flash 2.2 axtivex/plugin

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

I do have a Windows 7 CD as I’m an MS Action Pack subscriber so this procedure seems straightforward, but I don’t see any activation key sticker on the X100E. Can I get this from Lenovo? If not, the suggestion from The_Solutor appears to be an alternative way to achieve a similar result.

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

I do have a Windows 7 CD as I’m an MS Action Pack subscriber so this procedure seems straightforward, but I don’t see any activation key sticker on the X100E. Can I get this from Lenovo? If not, the suggestion from The_Solutor appears to be an alternative way to achieve a similar result.

The sticker is inside the battery slot.

BTW you dont need it if you use ABR, it will transfer the Lenovo preactivation data.

With abr you dont need to activate/reactivate the OS even in case of big HW changes because is based on the lenovo BIOS signature, instead the key on the stiicker is an usual key, it requires online [re]activation.

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

This appears to be a simple procedure, but I don’t know what ABR is (sorry, but this is probably one of the included utilities I haven’t used).

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Also, the system is so badly screwed that it may not work at all (can’t make or restore any System Restore points and even the included utility to ‘restore to factory’ failed).

My MS Action Pack CD appears to be the same version, i.e. Windows 7 Professional 32 bit, but I’m concerned that it’ll only work if the Windows medium is exactly the same. I had no success using one of our keys to register the pre-installed Office and had to reinstall completely from scratch.

If the ABR procedure doesn’t work, is there another way to capture the registration data? Keyfinder utility, perhaps?

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

This appears to be a simple procedure, but I don’t know what ABR is (sorry, but this is probably one of the included utilities I haven’t used).

Tird party utility, just google a bit

My MS Action Pack CD appears to be the same version, i.e. Windows 7 Professional 32 bit, but I’m concerned that it’ll only work if the Windows medium is exactly the same

You must use the same OS level, of the old none e.g. professional, nothing else is needed.

If the ABR procedure doesn’t work, is there another way to capture the registration data? Keyfinder utility, perhaps?

Abr works, the other keyfinders can just grab the lenovo key, which is useless w/o the related cert.

Is also useles to recover your key as you have it on the sticker.

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

OK I found and downloaded the ABR utility. This is really worth having whether I use it this time or not, but it’s for Vista — Have you found it works OK for W7?

Thanks also for confirming the CD issue.

However, I’m still not clear about the advantage of doing this compared to simply using the existing key. I can appreciate that that doing it the simple way would require reactivation, but why is this a problem? What is the function of the ‘certificate’ and what problems will it cause by not using ABR?

One other question — I have seen some posts about installing Windows 7 64 bit instead. Whilst this may be an option (I have CD and it is supported by the ABR procedure), it doesn’t seem like a good idea on a machine with an Atom CPU. What do you think?

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Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

OK I found and downloaded the ABR utility. This is really worth having whether I use it this time or not, but it’s for Vista — Have you found it works OK for W7?

read the whole page please, there is a win7 version

Thanks also for confirming the CD issue.

Maybe I have to explain better.

Your CD should works w/o any problems if it is meant to install the same version of seven you have on the notebook., no matter if it is an MSDN, OEM,RETAIL release.

All the magic is done by the right combination of bios signature, serial and certificate.

BTW Even if your media is not of the same level, you can just delete the file ei.cfg, the installation will then asks for the version you want to install

However, I’m still not clear about the advantage of doing this compared to simply using the existing key. I can appreciate that that doing it the simple way would require reactivation, but why is this a problem? What is the function of the ‘certificate’ and what problems will it cause by not using ABR?

No problem, just waste of time, inserting manually the key, activating the OS online, and eventually reactivating it when you upgrade some HW.

With the abr way your os will be preactivated as the brand new installation, with your specific key win seven will be activated in the same way as you buy win seven and install it yourself.

Both system are working, the latter is just more annoying.

One other question — I have seen some posts about installing Windows 7 64 bit instead. Whilst this may be an option (I have CD and it is supported by the ABR procedure), it doesn’t seem like a good idea on a machine with an Atom CPU. What do you think?

First this is not a cheap intel netbook, the x100e is AMD powered (the x64 architecture is often called AMD64 for a reason. ).

Second, I’m using win7 64 w/o any problem other than a slight incremented running temperature.

Third even the latest Atom processors are AMD64 compatible and can be used with windows 64 w/o problems.

Re: X100E clean install of Windows 7

Thanks again for your time and patience with this issue.

Even though it looks like it’s much more involved using ABR, most of the procedure is just good practice even if you’re not using ABR (backup etc.). Anyway, I thought I’d give it a try last night as I’m sure going to use this again so best to get familiar.

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Actually, I did download the W7 Beta file, what I meant was that the instructions are for Vista — same with the guides for Lenovo. Also they are several years old. This shouldn’t be a problem, though as it’s mostly just stepping through the installation procedure. However, the X100e doesn’t have an optical drive and I’m not sure how to get ’round this (share a drive on another PC or make a bootable USB drive and force the X100e to boot from it?). Anyway, I thought I’d go through the preparation steps, but then I had a number of problems:

1. First I went to the Lenovo site to manually download the drivers as listed in the procedure, but couldn’t find the chipset drivers for the mobo. Not a disaster as I have a backup of the latest drivers from running Driver Genius backup (also all the old ones replaced by it), but I’d still like to know where to find it on the Lenovo site. There’s also mention of a ‘Turbo Memory Driver’ and a ‘Matrix Storage Manager Driver’, but since I could see no drivers of this type listed, I assume it’s not relevant to this machine.

2. I then tried to delete the hidden partition following the steps in Hypertrophy’s Diskpart Guide, but at the final step «delete partition override» I got a message saying the action couldn’t be performed. The guide assumes this will work and gives no further details of what to do if it doesn’t. I was logged on to the proper Windows ‘administrator’ account and also tried running it ‘..as administrator’, but just got the same result. There’s also a message at the start of this article saying «Make sure you have backed up your OEM keycode before deleting the hidden partition.» What’s the OEM keycode? Surely not the activation key as the guides say to delete the hidden partition BEFORE running the ABR utility. Does it just mean to write it down first or is the OEM keycode something else?

3. Lastly I tried to run the ABR utility itself (downloaded the ABRbeta.exe) file, but when I ran this I got this message «Can not open file ‘L:\Downloads\ABR Beta\ABRbeta.exe’ as archive». At this point I gave up, but tried again this morning on a different machine and got the same result. However, downloading it again today it works fine so at least that’s one problem solved!

All I need now is a way to delete the hidden partition (formatting the whole drive is fine as there’s nothing of value that hasn’t been backed up) and a method of installing Windows, either from DVD, bootable USB drive or from a mounted image across the LAN.

You’ve already been very helpful and I can’t thank you enough, but if you could give me some help with these problems and the earlier questions regarding drivers, I might have a chance of getting this job done.

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