Friday, May 23, 2008

Updated Clean Install for May 2008

These are updated instructions with the most recently version of the drivers listed as of May 23, 2008. I updated this list because I reinstalled my X61t using a new 120GB SSD from Supertalent.

  • Save your activation key using the instructions here:
  • Be sure the wireless is TURNED OFF to prevent any attempt for Vista to do any automatic updates or activations.
  • Begin with a completely fresh install of Vista Business SP1 32bit using the instructions specified in the above thread. If you do not have a disc, you will need to obtain one. See the above link for references on Vista install discs. (If you can't get a hold of the SP1 disc, then be sure to install SP1 as soon as possible after Vista is installed.
  • Upon first boot, reactivate your Vista using the steps outlined in the link from the first step.
  • Install the following in order. REMEMBER to reboot after EVERY STEP. WAIT until the harddrive access light stops blinking before rebooting. Don't forget that for each of these, if you run the .EXE downloaded from Lenovo, you will have to go into the folder that it was extracted to and install as instructed by Lenovo.

    01 Intel Chipset ( / Download from Intel)
    02 LenovoSystemInterfaceDrivers (1.00.0702 / 7jif09ww)
    03 Turbo Memory ( Download from Intel)
    04 Matrix Storage (No longer needed - included as part of Turbo Memory
    05 X3100 (15.9 / Download from Intel)
    06 Audio ( / 7ka213ww)
    07 EthernetDriver ( 7krv21ww)
    08 IntelWireless ( / 7kwv50ww assuming 4965agn)
    09 Bluetooth ( / 7kba12ww)
    10 HotKeyDriver (2.07.1003 / 7tvu12ww)
    11 PowerManagementDriver (1.44 / 7tku03ww)
    12 TabletButtonDriver (3.02 / 7jgk06ww)
    13 ShortcutMenu (3.63 / 7jgd63ww)
    14 Multitouch Driver ( / 7jgf11ww)
    15 EasyEject (2.33 / 7ku208ww)
    16 ThinkVantageActiveProtection (1.54 / 7ksa14ww)
    17 ThinkVantagePowerManager (2.11 / 7ku427ww)
    18 ThinkVantagePresentationDirector (3.06 / 7rua22ww)
    19 ThinkVantageFingerPrint (5.6.2)
    20 ThinkVantageClientSecurity (8.10.0006)
    21 ThinkVantageAccessConnections (4.52 / 7tcv26ww)
    22 ThinkVantageProductivityCenter (2.21 / 7tuy01cw)
  • You are DONE!!! Now, turn on your wireless, connect to your network, and run Windows Update and patch everything until there are no more patches.
  • A few things that I decided NOT to install:
    Diskeeper 9 (copied from the apps folder prior to clean install). Vista team did a great job making defragmentation a painless feature of Vista and it does its job. There is no need to install Diskeeper which in my opinion is a Downgrade. This is one of those apps that Lenovo probably is PAID to put on your tablet.
  • Modem drivers. I don't like the Digital Line detector and I rarely will use the modem anyway. So, Microsoft's default drivers will do.
  • TrackPoint drivers from Lenovo. DO NOT INSTALL. There drivers are not compatible with user switching in Vista. Your system will hang if you log into a user and use Vista to switch to another user without logging out. If you buy a Microsoft mouse and install Intellipoint from Microsoft it will disable TrackPoint drivers anyway.
  • Keyboard Customizer from Lenovo. No need for me to remap windows keys.
    ThinkPad Help Center. I don't need the Thinkpad documentation. You can install this if you want the help files installed on your computer.
  • ThinkVantage Access Help. This has some online features for accessing help but I don't really need it and I think it can affect system performance.
  • ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery. I use Vista's Complete PC Backup and File Backup. I don't see a need to use Lenovo's rescue and recovery when it is built into Vista now.
  • ThinkVantage Message Center. I don't need this for sure. I don't think you'll need it either if you visit Lenovo's site to download your own updates.
  • ThinkVantage Maintenance Center. I don't see a need this with Vista since defragmentation is already scheduled as default. You can easily run disk cleanup and other built-in utilities as needed.
  • ThinkVantage System Update 3.0. I plan on getting my own updates from Lenovo's site. This application is resource intensive in my opinion.
  • KB930979. I didn't install this update downloaded from Lenovo because I'm not using BitLocker.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the effort to share this info. I'm headed out to the deep end and gonna jump off - hope it does the trick. I'm tired of re-installing (twice, using the Lenovo disks).

Bon Voyage!