Installing Windows 7 SP1 on the Lenovo 3000 Y410 — 2012 Update

I wrote in 2009 how to install Windows 7 on the Lenovo 3000 Y410 in this article here. Over the years, I haven’t had to reinstall until last week. With the changes in drivers support and Windows 7 Service Pack 1, the installation has changed a bit. After several tries, I now document the steps for your convenience.

Windows 7 is best installed on the Lenovo 3000 Y410 from a USB stick. The DVD drive is unreliable, or as in my case, not working anymore. Follow the steps in Creating Windows 7 Bootable USB Key Installer.

Plug in the bootable USB into the Lenovo 3000 Y410 and boot the notebook. While it is booting, press the F12 key and select to boot from the USB key.

Install Windows 7 as a new installation, deleting everything on your hard disk. On the first boot after installation, set up your Internet connection. Set Windows Update to automatically download and install all updates. Let Windows Update run for a while and restart when asked. Repeat several times until you have almost all drivers installed. You can check by right-clicking the Computer icon in the Start Menu, and selecting Manage. In the management window, expand the Device Manager. If you have all drivers except four “Base system devices”, then you’re ready for the next step.

Creating Windows 7 Bootable USB Key Installer

Installing Windows 7 from a USB stick is faster and more reliable than from DVD drives. In fact, this is the only option for multitudes of netbooks and ultrabooks without DVD drives.

  1. First, get yourself an ISO image of Windows 7. If you can get the one with SP1 integrated, the better. You can create the ISO from your Windows 7 DVD, or download a copy somewhere. Click here for a Google search results to get an ISO maker.
  2. Download the Microsoft Windows 7 DVD to USB tool from Microsoft store.
  3. Place the Windows 7 ISO somewhere on the hard drive of a working PC.
    Plug in your blank USB keys (4GB and above), and run the DVD to USB tool. This will create a bootable USB key from which you can install Windows 7 by booting.

Get More Than 100 GB Storage for Any Android Device

The maximum you can put on your smartphone is probably 64GB of data. You can always use cloud services such as DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, and Picasa to store your stuff. However, accessing them can be a pain when you have to start up different apps for each of them.

Enters the SanDisk Memory Zone app. It’s a free download on the Play Store. From a single app, you have access to your internal memory and SD card memory, DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Picasa, Google Docs, SygarSync, and even Facebook.

You can select one of your picture, video, or document in your device and move it online. Or, you can select one of your files online and move it to your device. You can also create a scheduled backup based on file types where you can back it up to the SD card, or to one of the online services. Cool, eh?


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