I'm trying to install it as I write this.
Product: ThinkPad T60 2007-46U [change]
Description: T2400(1.83GHz), 1GB RAM, 120GB 7200rpm Hitachi HD, 14.1in 1024x768 LCD, 64MB ATI Radeon X1300, CDRW/DVD, Intel 802.11abg wireless (Intel 3945ABG), Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, NO FPR, 6c Li-Ion batt, WinXP Pro
I did the installation via F12, booting from the DVD.
During the first try, the T60 mousepointer froze on me already while I was just browsing the EULA.
Second time it froze before I even could select language/keyboard etc. on the first screen. Not very promising...
Third, Fourth and Fifth time it froze after I ticked the Accept Eula box, and was moving the cursor to the Next button.
Because the battery charging light kept blinking at orange, I removed the battery.
Finally, at the Sixth try, I could go through the motions, and start the install (don't know if [but assume that] the battery caused the freezing).
The 120GB HD had Vista Business on it, incl. the Recovery Partition.
When asked where to install, I deleted both partitions, and chose the whole HD for a Custom (fresh) install.
I don't think having XP or Vista (or nothing at all) on the HD has any influence.
Near the end a window comes up to fill in the CD-KEY (from the purchased W7-CD), and underneath is a (pre-)ticked box saying "Automatically activate when I'm online".
Make sure to UNtick
Then it asks for your update/security settings, network connection (in my case wifi on my home-network) and time zone. Then it goes on to install the desktop, installs some updates from the internet, then wants to restart.
At this stage there is no Lenovo software on the T60 yet.
Device Manager shows two unknown devices.
So far there is no Recovery partition. W7-Pro takes up ca. 7GB and is fully functional. You got 30 days to activate.
Other than the start-hiccups mentioned above (bad battery ?), installation went without a hitch.
I'll switch it off, then let it sit for a while to see if I can charge the battery.
As it turns out, it's a dud battery. Replacing it with another one works fine, both with or without AC.
In my book, this would mean you could buy this type of (Recovery-)set (or multiples) a lot cheaper than in the regular shops, and install them on any
PC or laptop.
Only apply the "companion-DVD" if you also want Lenovo-specific software!