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      Windows 7 Clean Installation - ThinkPad

      The following instructions explain how to install Microsoft Windows 7 on a computer with a blank hard drive or a hard drive that will be completely wiped clean during the installation process. (All existing files will be deleted.) Upgrading a computer running Microsoft Windows XP operating system to Windows 7 is an example when a "clean install" such as in this document is recommended.

      Note: Computers currently running Microsoft Vista may not require a "clean install" which may allow some of your personal files and applications to remain on the hard drive unaffected. Alternative instructions for systems running Vista and not requiring a "clean install" can be found at here.

      Affected configurations

      Any of the following ThinkPad systems running Windows XP upgrading to Windows 7 using clean install:

      • L410 and L510
      • R60, R60e, R60i, R61, R61e, R61i
      • R400, R500
      • SL300, SL400, SL400c, SL500 SL500c, SL410, SL510
      • T60, T60p, T61, T61p
      • T400, T400s, T500
      • W500, W700, W700ds
      • X60, X60s, X60 Tablet, X61, X61s, X61 Tablet
      • X200, X200s, X200 Tablet, X300, X301
      Windows 7 Clean install

      This document will function as the detailed instructions for standalone installs of Windows 7 Lenovo ThinkPad's. This document has the following sections:

      Operating system install
      Device Driver install
      Lenovo Application and Utility install


      Operating system install
      1. Boot the Windows 7 Full install disk (using F12 to select the optical drive as first bootable device if needed).
      2. Click Next to Continue booting.
      3. Click Install Now on the "Install Windows" screen.
      4. In the "License Terms" window, carefully read the license terms. These license terms are very important for Windows 7. Contact Microsoft to clarify any questions or issues. If you agree, click I accept the license terms and then click Next to continue.

        Note: You must agree to the license terms to install Windows 7.

      5. Click Custom install of Windows 7.
      6. Click drive options to format / partition the hard disk drive. Windows 7 will add a small 100 meg or so partition for bitlocker.
      7. Click Next to begin file copy.
      8. System will reboot itself after file copy / extraction.
      9. Enter desired user ID and machine name, click next to continue.
      10. Create a windows password if desired, this step is optional. Windows will continue to install and run without a password.
      11. "Type your Windows product key for" windows opens. Enter your 25-character Windows 7 product key, which is located on the Windows 7 installation disk holder or a Windows 7 installation disc package. You can keep the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online option selected, otherwise you will be prompted to activate Windows regularly for the next 30 days, and the activation is mandatory. Click Next to continue.
      12. In the "Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically" window, select Use recommended settings to continue.
      13. Select your time zone and set your current date and time. Then, click Next.
      14. If the "Join a wireless network" window opens, select a wireless network at your desire. Click Next if you want to use the wireless network, otherwise click Skip to continue. Skip this step if ThinkVantage Access Connections is to be installed.
      15. Windows 7 will be launched.

      At this point there are two methods for Device driver and Application installs. The simplest is to use ThinkVantage System Update to download and automatically install all the required device drivers and applications. This method also ensures that device driver and application dependencies and co-requisites' are installed correctly.

      Click here to download the ThinkVantage System Update.

      The second method is the manual install of each device driver and application individually. This method is time consuming but does allow for some control over application install paths.

      For existing Windows 7 preloads there exists a "C:\SWTOOLS" folder that contains the original device drivers and apps for a re-install. For those users who purchase a full retail copy of Windows 7 this folder is not available and thus all device drivers and applications must be downloaded individually.

      Software and device drivers - Relevant downloads and drivers for your system

      Download each of the required / desired drivers and extract them to the "C:\drivers" folder. This is the default file extraction path if no changes are done. The following instructions presume the default extraction path is used. There other folders within the "C:\drivers" folder. Make note of each location as each device driver is downloaded and extracted. Some drivers have an option to install each device driver as the file extraction is complete. This method of install is acceptable. Since this option is checked by default, should you choose to install the device driver later, the box should be unchecked prior to clicking Finish.

      Note: Required Lenovo ThinkPad Device Drivers and OSFixes

      The use of only device drivers and fixes supplied by Lenovo should be employed during the install of Windows 7. The use of 3rd party drivers is not supported by Lenovo and issues arriving from the use of non-Lenovo supplied drivers will be referred back to the vendor.

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      Device Driver install

      The device driver install sequence is depenant on the System Interface Driver install being the first to be installed. This driver has common DLL's that other Lenovo utilities use. After the SMIF driver, with the exception of Access Connections, the remaining device driver install is user's choice.
      Access Connections needs the Power Manager Driver installed first, followed by Hotkey Utility, Wireless NIC driver, and then Access Conections itself.


      The bios for each system being installed should be upgraded to the most current for each machine type. There are bios updates for Windows 7 that will be needed. The machine specific bios can be found on the Lenovo support website.

      SMIF (System Interface Driver)

      Run setup and reboot.

      IMSM (Intel Matrix Storage Manager)

      IMSM driver needs to be installed via INF install via device manager, running install.cmd from "\prepare" folder will result in a file copy error.

      4-in-1 Card reader

      Setup from "4in1" folder

      • Base system device Ricoh Memory Stick controller
      • Base system device Ricoh SD/MMC host controller
      • Base system device Ricoh XD- picture card controller

      the above 3 unknown devices in device manager will be resolved by the Ricoh cardreader drivers.


      Setup from "audioc7" folder.

      Will ask to upgrade over Win7 native driver.

      Win7 native driver is High Definition Audio Device.

      Lenovo audio driver is Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD.

      Does not reboot.

      Hotkeys or OnScreen Display

      Setup from "hotkey" folder.



      Setup from "hprotect" folder.


      Power Manager Driver

      Setup from "IBMPM" or "PMDriver" folder.

      Click "No" to restart my computer then.

      Install Power Manager utility.

      Setup from "pwrmgrv" folder.
      MS Visual C++ 2005 will be installed.


      ATI video

      Run setup from "video" folder.

      Click Express Install if ATI or switchable graphics.

      LCD may blank out or flicker during video driver install.

      Click Finish.

      Reboot may not be required.

      Intel Video

      Run setup from the "video" folder.

      Monitor ICM file

      Open device manager and update the Generic PNP monitor listed, by right click and update device driver.

      Point installer to "monitor" folder, click close to complete install.

      At this point verify switchable graphics works via right click, Lenovo Battery icon in "systray" and select switchable graphics.

      Energy Savings is Integrated Intel video.

      High Performance is Discrete ATI video.

      Wireless driver and Access connections

      IproDFx.exe from "\drivers\wlanint\win7\s32" or "s64" depending on OS.

      Click This program installed correctly box if presented.

      Then click SETUP from "conwiz" folder to install Access Connections.


      Setup from "MODEMOM" folder.

      Pick upgrade to install lenovo driver from win 7 native driver.

      Native driver is HDA CX11270 soft modem.

      Modem driver install will launch NetWaiting app install, then digital line detect applet install.


      Setup from "UNAV" folder, Accept license agreement.

      Click restart later, then run setup from "UNAVUtil" folder.

      Then click Yes to reboot.

      Turbo Memory

      Some models may or may not have a turbo memory module.

      To verify, open "device manager" and check for a unknown device listed as "PCI Memory Controller".

      If such a device is listed, then install the Turbo Memory driver via setup from "turbomem" folder.

      You may see a hardware device install popup from systray.

      Reboot is required.


      If Intel's Adaptive Management Technology is implemented in an
      enterprise enviroment, then the AMT drivers can be installed via
      setup from the "AMT\MEI" folder.

      If AMT is not employed, AMT can be disabled via Bios.

      The drivers from the AMT setup will resolve the unknown devices within "device mananger", the PCI Simple Communications Controller.

      FingerPrint Reader (FPR)

      Install the Fingerprint reader via setup32-win7 or setup64-win7 from the "\fpra" folder.

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      Lenovo Application and Utility install

      Lenovo provides the necessary files and instructions to manually add Lenovo engineered fixes and updates in the osfixes folder within the swtools folder.
      These individual updates / fixes are listed below. All of these updates are on a Lenovo Win 7 preload.
      If the function of each fix or update is required / desired then follow the instructions give below with full instructions provided within the readme file of each respective update folder.


      Enable Wake On LAN from Sleep for Energy Star V4.

      Run "ctrlwol_inst" to enable, "ctrlwol_uninst" to disable.


      Disable to load IMSS (Intel® Management and Security Status Application) in tasktray for Windows 7.

      Run "DisIMSS.reg" to disable to load IMSS icon in the tasktray.

      More detailed information can be found in the readme file for DisIMSS.


      Fix for Issue of HDD with HDP Detection for Windows 7.

      This package contains a fix for an issue that Password-protected secondary hard disc drive (HDD) is not detected in Computer after resume from sleep. To Install:

      • Open "Command Prompt" with administrator priviledged rights.
      • Move to the "C:\SWTOOLS\OSFIXES\DISKUPDT"
      • Type schtasks /create /xml C:\SWTOOLS\OSFIXES\DISKUPDT\DiskUpdate.xml /tn DiskUpdate
      • Reboot the computer.
      • Make sure that the task "DiskUpdate" is created in "Task Scheduler".

      Registry Patch to arrange icons in Devices and Printers folder of Windows 7 and
      This registry patch is to hide icons for internal devices that appear in "Devices and Printers" folder.
      To install, right click on "DevORApply.inf" file and select install.


      Registry Patch to disable Wake On WLAN feature in WiFi adapters to install:

      1. Open "command prompt" in administrator mode.
      2. Move to the folder that contains files in this package.
      3. Run "WOWLANdisable.vbs".
      4. Reboot the system.
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      • Alias ID: MIGR-74108
      • Document ID: HT082376
      • Last Updated :20 Aug 2014
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