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  1. #430


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I just updated my Lenovo G505s laptop with a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD and used the Windows 8.1 Core downloaded per Option One.

    I burned the ISO to a SanDisk 8GB stick and added a folder with all the driver install files from my laptop.

    My laptop came with Windows 8.1 Core and it found my SSD and away it went. It found my embedded OEM key and activated just fine.

    It auto setup my disk as GPT with three partitions. 1) Recovery 300MB 2) EFI System 99 MB 3) C: Windows 8.1

    During setup I turned off Auto Updates because I like control. After tweaking I checked Installed Updates and it showed 39 installed on 9/24/2014 and KB2919355 (Windows 8.1 Update 1) was listed. I assumed they took an 8.1 ISO and updated it and then built this ISO.

    I then ran Windows Update and it had 42 more updates.

    Only 2 items needed drivers as the rest were included with Windows, although I have some newer ones I can use in place of the default Windows driver.

    Laptop is really nice now with a clean install and a SSD.

    Jim

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  2. #431


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    I can confirm that it will delete any folder named "Download" when you run it.

    I added a warning at the top of Option One to help make sure folks don't lose any Download folder by mistake.

    Thank you bubblebobble for bringing this to our attention.
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  3. #432


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I just updated my Lenovo G505s laptop with a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD and used the Windows 8.1 Core downloaded per Option One.

    I burned the ISO to a SanDisk 8GB stick and added a folder with all the driver install files from my laptop.

    My laptop came with Windows 8.1 Core and it found my SSD and away it went. It found my embedded OEM key and activated just fine.

    It auto setup my disk as GPT with three partitions. 1) Recovery 300MB 2) EFI System 99 MB 3) C: Windows 8.1

    During setup I turned off Auto Updates because I like control. After tweaking I checked Installed Updates and it showed 39 installed on 9/24/2014 and KB2919355 (Windows 8.1 Update 1) was listed. I assumed they took an 8.1 ISO and updated it and then built this ISO.

    I then ran Windows Update and it had 42 more updates.

    Only 2 items needed drivers as the rest were included with Windows, although I have some newer ones I can use in place of the default Windows driver.

    Laptop is really nice now with a clean install and a SSD.

    Jim

    It didn't use any of the drivers you had in the folder ? I take it all the partitions Lenovo had installed from the factory are now gone ?
    Everything work OK with out them ?

    I want to do a clean install to my Lenovo lappy also, including adding a SSD.
    I did d/l a copy of 8.1 single lang. and burned it to a DVD last night.
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  4. #433


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I just updated my Lenovo G505s laptop with a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD and used the Windows 8.1 Core downloaded per Option One.

    I burned the ISO to a SanDisk 8GB stick and added a folder with all the driver install files from my laptop.

    My laptop came with Windows 8.1 Core and it found my SSD and away it went. It found my embedded OEM key and activated just fine.

    It auto setup my disk as GPT with three partitions. 1) Recovery 300MB 2) EFI System 99 MB 3) C: Windows 8.1

    During setup I turned off Auto Updates because I like control. After tweaking I checked Installed Updates and it showed 39 installed on 9/24/2014 and KB2919355 (Windows 8.1 Update 1) was listed. I assumed they took an 8.1 ISO and updated it and then built this ISO.

    I then ran Windows Update and it had 42 more updates.

    Only 2 items needed drivers as the rest were included with Windows, although I have some newer ones I can use in place of the default Windows driver.

    Laptop is really nice now with a clean install and a SSD.

    Jim

    It didn't use any of the drivers you had in the folder ? I take it all the partitions Lenovo had installed from the factory are now gone ?
    Everything work OK with out them ?

    I want to do a clean install to my Lenovo lappy also, including adding a SSD.
    I did d/l a copy of 8.1 single lang. and burned it to a DVD last night.
    The driver folder was just an extra folder that came with the Laptop and not part of Windows so my new install did not know it was there.
    I used 2 of the files to install missing drivers that Windows did not have. (card reader and ELAN touch pad)

    I pulled the HDD from the laptop so it is still factory so I can always go back. I also have a full image of it in case I ever need it.

    If you want to update your existing HDD then a clean install will wipe it. Or you can migrate you existing HDD to a SSD and retain all the extra stuff that comes with the laptop. I didn't use all those extras so I went with a clean install.

    Jim
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  5. #434


    Thanks for the reply. My plan is to get a SSD and clean install 8.1 on it.
    Leaving the HDD which came with it intact is a good idea, but only until the warranty runs out. After that, I can use it in a caddy where the DVD drive is now, for extra storage.
    The HDD in the lappy is 1TB but is has six partitions on it. I use Acronis as a backup plan to a external drive, so I have no use for the Lenovo button backup thing working.
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  6. #435


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
    Thanks for the reply. My plan is to get a SSD and clean install 8.1 on it.
    Leaving the HDD which came with it intact is a good idea, but only until the warranty runs out. After that, I can use it in a caddy where the DVD drive is now, for extra storage.
    The HDD in the lappy is 1TB but is has six partitions on it. I use Acronis as a backup plan to a external drive, so I have no use for the Lenovo button backup thing working.
    That is exactly what I did. I am saving my 1TB drive until my warranty is up also. When I burned my stick with the ISO I made it UFEI and when I booted, the new SSD showed as unallocated. I selected it and it was auto formatted as GPT and the three partitions were created. Very simple and took about 15 min to finish.

    Look on your laptop and see if you have a D: drive and look for a Drivers folder. It should have Lenovo drivers. If not they can be downloaded from the Lenovo site.

    Jim
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  7. #436


    How did you make the ISO UFEI and why ? I didn't see an option to make it UFEI during the d/l.
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  8. #437


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
    How did you make the ISO UFEI and why ? I didn't see an option to make it UFEI during the d/l.
    Installing using UEFI boot mode or Legacy BIOS boot mode. -> link

    How to create a bootable USB flash drive.

    Note: You don't need this step if you download the Windows 8.1 installation media from Microsoft's web site and select the "USB flash drive" option (see this link for help).
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  9. #438


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
    How did you make the ISO UFEI and why ? I didn't see an option to make it UFEI during the d/l.
    During the download I selected to make as ISO so I have it for the future.
    I then used Rufus to make the bootable USB stick and that is where you choose UFEI of MBR.
    UFEI and GPT is the newest format and since my Laptop supports it I went in that direction.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows



    Jim
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  10. #439


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
    How did you make the ISO UFEI and why ? I didn't see an option to make it UFEI during the d/l.
    During the download I selected to make as ISO so I have it for the future.
    I then used Rufus to make the bootable USB stick and that is where you choose UFEI of MBR.
    UFEI and GPT is the newest format and since my Laptop supports it I went in that direction.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows



    Jim
    I burned the ISO to a DVD, will I get a good clean install on a SSD with it ?
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