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Installation instructions for Windows Vista (Upgrading from Windows XP) - Desktops

This documentation provides the installation instructions for upgrading to Microsoft Windows Vista from your Windows XP preloaded computer.

Note: Lenovo does not warrant that every function and operation described in the Lenovo or Microsoft documentation will work or are free from limitation.

Upgrading will take approximately 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the configuration of your computer and the total number of applications that need to be upgraded or reinstalled. There are specific desktop utilities or device drivers that are required for proper operation of your computer. These utilities or device drivers may vary from one machine model to another. Download and have them available before upgrading. Some are required to be installed on the computer that Windows Vista is to be installed on before upgrading. Please visit the Lenovo Support & downloads Web site for those specific utilities and device drivers.

Affected configurations

This document applies to any of the following systems that are labelled as Microsoft Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready:

  • 3000 J100 (type 8252, 8253, 8254, 8255, 8256, 8453, 8454, 8455, 8456, 8457)
  • 3000 J105 (type 8257, 8258, 8259, 8458, 8459, 8460)
  • 3000 J110 (type 7393, 7394, 7395, 7396, 7397, 7398)
  • 3000 J115 (type 7387, 7388, 7389, 7390, 7391, 7392)
  • ThinkCentre A51 (type 8105, 8107, 8109, 8117, 8119, 8121)
  • ThinkCentre A52 (type 8153, 8154, 8155, 8156, 8157, 8158, 8159, 8160, 8161, 8162, 8163, 8164, 8165, 8166, 8167, 8168, 8169, 8170, 8287, 8288, 8289, 8296, 8297, 8298, 8326, 8327, 8328, 8329, 8340, 8341, 8342, 8343, 8344, 8380, 8381, 8382)
  • ThinkCentre A53 (type 8701, 8702, 8970, 8973, 8980, 8983, 8992, 8995, 9276, 9277, 9286, 9287, 9378, 9387, 9628, 9635)
  • ThinkCentre A55 (type 8705, 8706, 8972, 8975, 8982, 8985, 8994, 9265, 9636, 9638, 9640, 9641)
  • ThinkCentre A60 (type 8013, 8700, 8976, 8979, 8986, 8991, 9266, 9269, 9282, 9283, 9374, 9383, 9384, 9631, 9646, 9647, 9694, 9695)
  • ThinkCentre M51 (type 8104, 8106, 8108, 8118, 8120)
  • ThinkCentre M52 (type 8099, 8110, 8111, 8112, 8113, 8114, 8115, 8116, 8211, 8212, 8213, 8214, 8215, 9210, 9211)
  • ThinkCentre M52e (type 8299, 8380)
  • ThinkCentre M55 (type 8009, 8010, 8011, 8012, 8791, 8792, 8793, 8794, 8795, 8796, 8797, 8798, 8799, 8800, 8801, 8802, 8803, 8804, 8805, 8806, 8807, 8808, 8810, 8811, 8812, 8813, 8814, 8816)
  • ThinkCentre M55e (type 9278, 9279, 9288, 9379, 9380, 9389, 9632, 9637, 9642, 9643, 9644, 9645)
  • ThinkCentre M55p (type 8792, 8794, 8796, 8798, 8800, 8802, 8804, 8806, 8808, 8811)
Before upgrading to Windows Vista
  1. Before you install or upgrade your computer to Windows Vista, you must update the BIOS of your Desktop computer. Otherwise, you might encounter problems during the installation of Windows Vista, and Windows Vista may not perform properly. The BIOS versions that have been tested with Windows Vista are noted in the additional information section of each BIOS document. Visit the Lenovo Support & downloads Web site to download and install the latest BIOS for your system.
  2. Update your Operating System to Windows XP with Service Pack 2 if it is Windows XP or Windows XP with Service Pack 1.
  3. Upgrade your applications and software as much as possible. This may help prevent problems during the upgrade to Windows Vista.
  4. Important: Uninstall the following applications or device drivers before upgrading, otherwise you will encounter problems either during or after the upgrade. Visit Application Software limitations for more details.
    • Symantec (Norton) AntiVirus
    • Sonic DLA
    • Lenovo Rescue and Recovery 3.1 and earlier
    • Lenovo Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore

      Note: Lenovo Rescue and Recovery versions 4.0 and higher must be uninstalled after the upgrade to Windows Vista.

  5. Ensure that you have backed up your files and data from your computer to an external hard drive, DVD, CD, USB flash memory, or network storage device.
  6. Ensure that your computer is connected to the Internet, and keep the Internet connection on during the entire upgrade installation. Windows Vista installation may automatically download device drivers and update during the upgrade installation.
Upgrading your computer to Windows Vista
  1. Insert a Windows Vista disc (DVD) into the optical drive, and allow Autorun to launch the Windows Vista install wizard.
  2. Click Install Now from the "Install Windows" screen.
  3. Click Go online to get the latest updates for installation (recommended) from the "Get important updates for installation" window.
  4. In the "Type your product key for activation" window, enter your 25-character Windows Vista product key (located on the Windows Vista installation disc case in the Windows Vista package or ask for your software/hardware provider), then click Next. The "License terms" screen will appear.
  5. Click I accept the license terms at the bottom left if you agree, then click Next. These license terms are very important for Windows Vista. Take your time to read and understand these terms. Contact Microsoft to clarify any questions or issues.
  6. Click Upgrade and the compatibility report will be generated. Save the document so that you can refer back to it later. This report details the applications that are not compatible with Windows Vista, as well as all the device drivers and installed applications that may need updating after the completion of Windows Vista installation.
  7. Uninstall the applications that prevent you from upgrading. Click Next and Windows Vista will install automatically. The system will restart and continue to install Windows Vista. After several restarts, the "Help protect Windows automatically" screen will appear. Select Use recommended settings (suggested) to continue.
  8. Choose your time zone and set your current date and time. Click Next.
  9. Click Start. Windows Vista will measure the system performance of your computer. Windows Vista will launch the "Welcome" screen.

  • Alias ID: MIGR-67384
  • Document ID: HT082368
  • Last Updated :17-06-14
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