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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:23 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:33 am
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Location: MA, USA
Hi guys,

I might soon be purchasing a used W510 and am debating whether to freshly install Windows 7 on it or Windows 10 (I have licenses for both via MSDN). I know that Windows 7 is officially supported while Windows 10 is not.

Ideally I would like to install Windows 10 but if things like the Fn hotkeys, etc... won't work on it due to no drivers, I don't want to waste a license on it and would rather then just install Windows 7. Googling around and looking on this forum seems to give mixed results - some say it works great and some say nothing works without drivers.

Now that Windows 10 has been out for a while, can someone please share recent experiences with using Windows 10 on a W510? I would think things like Wifi and Bluetooth would work but the Fn hotkeys, volume buttons, and on screen display are important for me too.

IBM Thinkpad R51: Windows XP (retired)
Lenovo Thinkpad W510: Windows 7

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:04 pm 
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Location: N. Bellmore, ny
I personally don't have a W510 but I can tell you that I have used w10 on an x61s and had absolutely no problems. If w10 supports an x61s, I don't see any reason your w510 would have any problem. Even spying works! Personally I would go for Windows 7 anyway.

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Thinkpads: 570e,A31p,T40,T42 x3,T42p UXGA,T60p,T61,X61s,X201,X220,X230,T410,T420,T430s(dead),X240 with mod.
New: 701c, 755c
Others: Zenith 286 supersport, Mac Portable 5120.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:58 am 
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Posts: 573
Location: Hong Kong
We don't have the W510, but we do have a working unit of T410.

We did successfully upgrade T410 Win7 Pro to Win10 Pro to secure our future upgrade path.

Win10 Pro worked flawlessly with our T410, even works with our GPU with no problems.
(We expected GPU problems with Win10, but surprise! No problems!)

Daily Driver: X1 Carbon 4th Gen (X1C-4): i7-6600U 2.6MHz; 16GB DDR3 1866 MHz; 1TB PCIe-NVMe; 14" WQHD 2560x1440; LTE EM7455 Mobile Broadband; Win7 Pro 64bit
Current Thinkpads: X1C-4 | X1C-3 | X250 | X230 | T410
Retired Thinkpads: T42 | 560 (circa 1996)
Also: IBM Thinkpad era computer bag !

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:30 pm 
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Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts: 413
Location: Salinas, CA
I have one (it is my Windows machine) and everything seems to work fine
with W10. The only problem is that W10 is not W7. :cry:

Daily Drivers: W520 i7-2860QM | T420 FHD IPS i7-2640m | W701
Others: W510 | T400 | W500 WUXGA | 701C (on its shrine) | R61 14W (in the boneyard)
Non-TP: Dell T7500 (workstation), Dell m7510
Currently Experimenting With: T420s

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Joined: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:51 pm
Posts: 398
Location: Marissa, Illinois
I bought a T510 pre-loaded with Win 10 as a learning tool for my business. The only thing that wasn't working was the fingerprint reader.

The drivers were loaded for the device but there was no GUI or program to enter the prints. It took around a week for me to find the correct program to get this up and running.

The last post I made in the thread. Scroll to the bottom and follow the link.

T510 i5, T510 i7 4349-A64 - T520 i7 4242-4UU

T520: i7-2620M(2.70GHz),16GB RAM, 500GB SSD/500GB 7200 RPM Drive, 15.6in 1600x900 LCD, 1GB NVIDIA, DVDRW, Smartcard reader, media card reader, FPR, Win7 Pro64 & Linux Mint, whitelist BIOS, German KB.

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