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Thinkpad W500 doesn't boot on USB drive for Windows 7 fresh new installation

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Thinkpad W500 doesn't boot on USB drive for Windows 7 fresh new installation

#1 Post by Masterqa » Sat May 09, 2020 8:36 am

Hello.

I am stuck with an issue regarding the ability to boot on an USB drive on my old but still alive Thinkpad W500.

I want to make a new installation of Windows 7 to select a better configuration of my partition and have a fresh installation again.

I am currently already on Windows 7 on my Thinkpad but my C partition is full and is to small to work correctly.



So I configured a bootable USB for Windows 7 with the software from Microsoft. This one : Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe

My laptop simply doesn't want to boot on my USB drive when I select quick boot and select my USB drive.

It gets stuck with a black screen with a little underscore that flashes without interruption. And then nothing happens.



I have looked for a solution on many forums but it seems there isn't any thread for the W500 specifically on my issue. And the other threads mention a question if the W500 can boot on usb and it tells that it works but the thread is without specification.

Other threads tell something about UEFI and LEgacy and secureboot that I understand well, but my Thinkpad Bios doesn't have any option to choose between Legacy or UEFI for USB. The Bios seems very basic.

I set serial port on enabled in the bios. My usb drive is in NTFS. I also have reset the settings in the bios to try with this solution but it still doesn't work.



So I ask here for some help.



I would appreciate any of your answers to help me solve this issue.



I thank you in advance for your attention.

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Re: Thinkpad W500 doesn't boot on USB drive for Windows 7 fresh new installation

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat May 09, 2020 11:21 am

Try a different utility to format the USB flash drive, like Rufus.
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Re: Thinkpad W500 doesn't boot on USB drive for Windows 7 fresh new installation

#3 Post by Masterqa » Fri May 22, 2020 12:26 pm

Hello. Yes you are right. I made a bootable usb with Rufus and it worked well. It has worked at the first setup.

Thank you.

My topic is solved thus.

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