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Clean Install of Windows 8 on ThinkPad and Lenovo B, E, K, M, and V Series Notebook Computers - General

This document provides instructions on how to perform a clean install of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8 operating system on ThinkPad(R) and Lenovo B, E, K, M, and V series notebook computers. Note that Lenovo(R) does not warrant that every function and operation described in the Lenovo or Microsoft documentation will work or is free from limitation. There are specific desktop computer utilities or device drivers that are required for the proper operation of your computer. These utilities or device drivers might vary from one computer model to another. Download and have them available after the installation. Go to the Lenovo Support Web site at for those specific utilities and device drivers.

Before a clean install of Windows 8

Before a clean install of Windows 8, ensure that you observe the following precautions:

Performing a clean install of Windows 8

To perform a clean install of Windows 8, do the following:

  1. Do one of the following:

    Then, the Windows setup initialization begins.

  2. When you are prompted, configure the on-screen options, such as the time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Then, click Next.
  3. Click Install now.
  4. When you are prompted to type your Windows 8 product key, type your 25-character Windows 8 product key. Then, click Next.
  5. In the License terms window, carefully read the license terms. Contact Microsoft to clarify any questions or issues, if you have. If you agree, click I accept the license terms and then click Accept to continue.

    Note: You must agree to the license terms to continue.

  6. When the "Which type of installation do you want?" window is displayed, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
  7. When the "Where do you want to install Windows?" window is displayed, select the partition on which you intend to install Windows 8.


  8. Click Next to begin the installation. During the installation process, the computer will automatically restart several times.
  9. When the Personalize window is displayed, select a color you like and type a computer name. Then, click Next.
  10. When the Settings window is displayed, click Use express settings to use the express settings or click Customize to customize your settings.
  11. When the Sign in to your PC window is displayed, follow the instructions on the screen to set your user name and password and then click Finish. After a demo flash is played, you will be logged in and you will see the Windows 8 Start screen.
  12. Download and install the ThinkVantage(R) System Update program 5.0 or later from the Lenovo Support Web site at to install Windows 8 compatible device drivers and utilities.


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