I am about to order an X220 (with the IPS screen) via an eBay power seller in the States and have it shipped to me in London, it comes with a 1yr Lenovo international warranty (I have accounted for the import tax in my budget).
When I receive the laptop I plan to remove the default HDD and replace it with a Crucial M4 (7mm) 128GB SSD, so will need to do a clean Windows install. This will be my first computer without an optical drive (I plan on buying a basic USB DVD burner later).
So, how do you install Windows via USB? I feel silly asking this as I am someone who has always built my own desktop PCs and should really know this
I've just always had optical drives.
I have an RTM Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade) disc, however this licence is currently in use on my desktop.
My questions are:
1. Will The X220 have a Windows 7 licence sticker on it (I assume it should have as the seller says it ships with Windows 7)? If so, will I be able to install Windows using my Windows 7 RTM upgrade disc but use the licence key on the laptop sticker?
2. How would I use a Windows DVD to create a bootable USB?
3. I only have a small 1GB USB pen, could I use a USB external hard disk to install from instead?
I'm really sorry, I'm a complete novice in this area.
Thank you in advance