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Windows® 8 upgrade guide
This Lenovo Windows® 8 upgrade guide will help you to upgrade your current Windows operating system to Windows® 8.
Models eligible for Windows® 8 upgrade
To ensure that your model of compute is eligible for this upgrade, go to: www.lenovo.com/support/windows8.
Loss of functionality after upgrade
Because of software compatibility issues, the following applications will no longer work after upgrading your computer.
• Pre-installed Applications:
Lenovo Eye Distance System, Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, IdeaTouch, RapidDrive Advanced, Lenovo Driver and Application Installation, Lenovo Rescue System, Fun Zone, Home Hub, Office 2010 Starter, Idea life, McAfee AntiVirus, etc.
Windows® 8 restricted features
Specific features of Windows® 8 may be disabled or unavailable on your computer because of different hardware configurations.
• Disabled or unavailable features may include: Multi-touch input, PBR, Security Boot, Lenovo app store, etc.
Some software should be uninstalled or updated prior to upgrading to Windows® 8. If this is not done, the upgrade process may fail. Check to see if your computer has any of the following programs. If so, uninstall or upgrade the program before upgrading your computer.
Dolby Advanced Audio
Dolby Home Theater
Lenovo assistant, Lenovo Camera Fun Zone, Lenovo driver and application installation, Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, Lenovo Eye Distance System, Lenovo Rescue System3.0, Lenovo VeriTouch, LVT
Power2Go, PowerCinema, PowerDVD,
Rapid Boot Advanced, Rapid Drive Advanced
Total Media, Touch Education, Touch Game, Tridef 3D
Windows Live Essential
Other (China only)
ZUBU 杂志, 高清视频娱乐, 信息庄园, 网络保护, 乐关联
Upgrading to Windows® 8
• Before upgrading to Windows® 8
• Make sure your current operating system is eligible for this upgrade.
• Back up any critical files and data you want to save to an external storage device.
• To register for this promotional offer and upgrade to Windows® 8, go to: http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com. After registering, you will receive an e-mail from Microsoft with a product key and further upgrade instructions.
• When Windows® 8 becomes officially available for purchase and download, you should return to this website to complete the upgrade process.
• What are the system requirements for Windows® 8? Windows® 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows® 7:
• Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
• Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
• Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver. There are additional requirements for the use of certain features:
• To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
• To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
• To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
• Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
Microsoft offers two options for upgrading to Windows® 8: upgrading from an older version of Windows and clean install.
If your current version of Windows can be upgraded, you may be able to keep your previous files, settings, user accounts, and programs. To perform an upgrade:
1. Insert a Windows® 8 disc (DVD) into the optical drive and allow AutoRun to launch the Windows® 8 installation wizard, or run the SETUP.EXE file from the DVD if AutoRun does not start.
2. On the Product key page, enter the 25-character product key, and then click Next.
3. Read the License terms page. If you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Accept.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade. If you see a compatibility report, follow the instructions listed in the report.
If your current version of Windows can't be upgraded or if you want to replace your current operating system entirely, you can perform a clean install.
To perform a clean install:
1. Start your computer normally. Insert the Windows® 8 upgrade disc into the optical drive. Then restart your computer directly from the upgrade disc.*
2. On the language page, select your language and other preferences, then click Next.
3. On the Windows Setup page, click Install now.
4. On the Product key page, enter the 25-character product key, and then click Next.
5. Read the License terms page. If you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Accept.
6. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
7. Choose the partition on which you want to install Windows® 8.
8. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation. Your Windows operating system will be upgraded to Windows® 8 after the installation is complete.
To learn more about Windows-related downloads and updates, go to: www.lenovo.com/support/windows8. Drivers, hardware applets and software programs (which may have been uninstalled prior to the upgrade) are available online at: www.lenovo.com/support/windows8.