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      Microsoft Windows 8 Driver Management: In-Box versus Out-Of-Box device drivers for Lenovo-branded personal computers


      Information that describes Microsoft Windows 8 In-Box versus Lenovo Out-Of-Box device drivers.

      Affected configurations

      The above symptom is associated with but not limited to the following systems:

      • ThinkCentre
      • ThinkStation
      • ThinkServer
      • ThinkPad
      • Idea Tablet
      • IdeaPad
      • IdeaCentre

      Affected Systems:

      • Any Lenovo-branded personal computer with Microsoft Windows 8 (non-Lenovo preloaded) operating system installed

      System is configured with:

      • Microsoft Windows 8 operating system

      Operating Systems:

      • Microsoft Windows 8

      A specific install process is not defined to install a Microsoft In-box driver.  In-box drivers are installed when the operating system is initially installed.  Lenovo does not provide In-box drivers and does not provide support for In-box drivers.  The In-box drivers are Microsoft digitally signed and are included with the operation system install media.  Microsoft is responsible for providing support for In-box drivers.

      Additional Information

      After a system is installed with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, the personal computer user is searching for specific hardware device drivers.  

      Microsoft defines an “In-box” driver as a device driver supplied by Microsoft and resides on the operating system install media.  An “Out-Of-Box” driver is one supplied by the system manufacture for a specific hardware device.  Lenovo provides the Out-Of-Box drivers for hardware specific platforms.  If a Lenovo hardware specific Out-Of-Box driver is not available, then the Microsoft In-box driver is required.  The Microsoft In-box driver is supported by Microsoft.

      Lenovo provides Windows 8 driver packages that are backwards compatible with older systems.  These drivers are common to many hardware platforms and to currently supported machines.  The following are examples of In-box and Out-Of-Box device drivers.

      In-Box Example - ThinkPad X200 audio driver:

      Lenovo provides Conexant audio drivers for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7.  Lenovo does not provide a Windows 8 Conexant audio driver.  In this instance, the use of a Windows 8 In-box audio driver is required for Windows 8 audio.

      Out-Of-Box Example - ThinkPad UltraNav device driver:

      This driver is supported on multiple operating systems and on multiple hardware platforms.  However, the availability of a common device driver for an older ThinkPad system does not imply that all device drivers are available for every operating system.

      Additional Lenovo Support Information:

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      • Alias ID: SF13-D0066
      • Document ID: HT077265
      • Last Updated :10 Feb 2015
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