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Windows® 8 upgrade guide

This Lenovo Windows® 8 upgrade guide will help users to upgrade their current Windows operating system to Windows® 8.

Model compatibility

To ensure that your computer model is eligible for this upgrade, go to:

Functionality loss after upgrade

Because of software compatibility issues, the following functions will no longer work after upgrading your computer.

  • Pre-installed Applications:
    Energy Management, OneKey Recovery 7.0, Intelligent Touchpad, Office 2010 Starter, Idea life, InstantReset, BootShield, User Guide Common Tool, RapidDrive, McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, and so on.

Note: If you change the language of your operating system during the upgrading process, all of the software on your computer will be lost. For example, if your operating system is currently in Chinese and you change to an English version during the upgrade, upon completion your computer will only contain the basic operating system without any other software applications. You will then need to install any required or desired software yourself manually.

Windows® 8 restricted features

Specific features of Windows® 8 may be disabled or unavailable on your computer, due to different hardware configurations.

  • Disabled or unavailable features may include:
    Multi-touch inputs, PBR, Security Boot, Lenovo app store, and so on.

Software List

Some software should be uninstalled or updated prior to upgrading to Windows® 8. Otherwise, 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.

  • The software list below applies to all upgradable models. However, your computer may not include all of the software programs listed below.
  • To be safe, you should uninstall any software programs found on your computer from the list below. However, not all of the software programs listed below will cause problems after the upgrade process, depending upon your specific model.
  • For example, if OneKey Theater is not uninstalled prior to upgrading to Windows®8, it will cause compatibility conflicts with the following programs: Desktop IE, Windows PowerShell, Mobility Center, Paint, Snipping tool, Sticky Notes, and so on.


Absolute Reminder, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Amazon Link


Baidu Browser, Baidu Japanese IME, Baidu SearchBar, BestBuy, Business Contact Manager, BootShield




Google Toolbar, Google Chrome


Idea Life, IFilter, Intel Fast Flash Standby (iFFS), Intelligent Touchpad, InstantReset


Kaspersky Internet Security, KingSoft anti-virus, KingSoft Dictionary, KingSoft Office, KNOWHOW APP centre, KNOWHOW Movies


Leader Tech registration, Lenovo Active Protection System(APS), Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer, Lenovo Energy Management Software, Lenovo English, Lenovo Games, Lenovo Smart Update, Lenovo Solution Center, Lenovo TV Player, Lenovo Welcome, Lenovo WWAN CM, LenovoAppWiz, LenovoCloudShield, Lenovo safe navigation


MagicShare, McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Microsoft Security Essentials


Office 2010, Office Home And Business 2010, Office Personal 2010, Office2007, OneKey Recovery 7.0, Onekey Theater, ooVoo


PC Care, Photo Service (PrintEase), PlayMovie, PokeTalk, Power2Go, PowerDVD, Picasa


QQ PC Manager, Quick Start


R.I.C.(Robust Intelligent Companion), RapidDrive, ReadyComm, ReadyComm WiFi


ScreenSaver, Smart ShutDown, SugarSync Manager


Taobao Shopping, Times Online


User Guide Common Tool




Windows Live Essentials 2011


YouCam, YunDun

Upgrading to Windows® 8

Before upgrading to Windows® 8

  • Make sure your current operating system is eligible for this upgrade.
    • To determine if your current version of Windows can be upgraded, go to:
    • Only qualifying PCs running Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate and purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 are eligible for this promotional upgrade offer.
  • Back up any critical files and data you want to save to external storage devices.
  • To register for this promotional offer and upgrade to Windows 8, go to: After registering, you will receive an e-mail from Microsoft with a product key and further upgrading instructions.
  • When Windows 8 becomes officially available for purchase and download, you should revisit the above 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

    Additional requirements to use 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)

Upgrading procedures

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. 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 Upgrade.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade. If you see a compatibility report, follow the instructions listed in the report.
  • To start your computer directly from the upgrade disc, insert the disc into your optical drive and restart the computer. When the Lenovo logo comes up, immediately press F12 (or Fn + F11, if there is no separate F12 key on your keyboard) to open the boot selection menu. Choose the optical drive as the first boot device. Your computer will then start directly from the Windows® 8 Upgrade Disc.
  • If you choose the web-based upgrade, you can download the installation package from the Microsoft website. After downloading, run the installation program and follow the instructions to complete the upgrade process.

Clean install

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.

Note: Some models can only support the clean install upgrade method. For IdeaPad models, Lenovo suggests performing a clean install to upgrade to Windows® 8.

To perform a clean install:

  1. Follow the first five steps listed as listed above.
  2. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
  3. Choose the partition on which you want to install Windows® 8.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation. Your Windows operating system will be upgraded to Windows® 8 after the installation is complete.

Note: Clean install deletes all of your programs and settings. You must manually reinstall your programs after the installation is completed. You will also need to install any necessary hardware drivers for the new operating system manually.

Support link

To learn more about Windows-related downloads and updates, go to:

Drivers, hardware applets and software programs (which may have been uninstalled prior to the upgrade) are available online at: