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Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

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Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#1 Post by CharlieDog » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:36 pm

The reason I ask is I am looking at getting a spare laptop for traveling that could be used as a desktop replacement if needed, and after reading reviews & comparisons have focused on the W530. I've seen some on eBay in my price range, but they are running Windows 7 (!). I am happy with Windows 10 and would want to install it on the laptop i bought, but i wonder if there's any problems with that much of an upgrade. Also the second question would then be, is it still free? TIA
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:54 pm

The free upgrade still works when done through the Media Creation Tool.
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#3 Post by Brian10161 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:19 am

I have Windows 10 on m T430s, and also my T410s. They both handle it just fine, the T430s better more so because it has a more standard hard drive interface and I was able to drop in a decent quality 2.5 inch SATA SSD.

The 3rd gen i5/i7 processors handle Windows 10 very nicely, I can even play light games on my T430s thanks to the nVidia NVS5200m chip. My 430 loaded all of its drivers from Windows Updates, just had to add a couple minor things. Didn't take long to get it loaded at all. Everything should work fairly easily out of the box after Windows gets the drivers. I'm not sure on that model if it only comes with Optimus or if you can get it with just Intel HD graphics, but either way should be no problem.
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#4 Post by w0qj » Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:32 pm

We don't have W530, but we have successfully upgrade Win7>>Win10 for:

T410
X230
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X1C4

So as you can see, there's a good chance that your W530 Win10 upgrade would be OK!
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#5 Post by CharlieDog » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:33 pm

Thanks for the replies. It's good to hear of no problems when upgrading. I wasn't worried about the W530 running W10. I wouldn't worry about upgrading from 8.1 to 10-I've done that on other laptops w/o problems. My concern was going all the way from 7 to 10, that strikes me as really a big jump. Maybe I should just look it as 10 being just 'different' than 7, rather than a major upgrade.....
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#6 Post by dr_st » Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:57 am

When Win10 came out, Microsoft has specifically invested tons of resources making Win7->Win10 upgrades as smooth as possible. Back then (and probably still) there were more systems running Win7 than Win8.1, so their motivation was obvious. While things can always go wrong, I see no reason why an upgrade from Win7 would work or not work more so than an upgrade from Win8.1.

But in any case - wouldn't you be reinstalling the OS from scratch on any laptop you buy used? What is the incentive to do an in-place upgrade?
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#7 Post by FrankK-F » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:25 pm

This was my W530 adventure completed before 14-Jan-2020.

My W530 is and was Win7. With MS ending support for Win7 ... it was time to look to Win10. But instead of replacing Win7 I installed Win10 to its own partition ... giving me dual boot. The installation was very simple and quite fast.

I did this thinking that I will migrate my legacy apps to Win10 ... and if incompatible I can always run them in Win7.

My mucking around with the migration effort introduced an MBR error ... and now I had BLUE screens on startup, to a gray screen with "Lenovo" logo and freeze. Going to the F1 BIOS settings and choosing different boot sequences did not help as the F10 did not save those. My local Geek Squad did not help as this was beyond the "pay-grade' of the technicians of the moment. So was my machine bricked or salvageable? On my retired W500, still working well, I found a 2011 German post that walked me through how to repair/recover the MBR ... also involved removing the CMOS battery for some 20 minutes ... and upon power up vola! I had my machine snap to life. That was $5K I saved as step one in my upgrade venture ... I was eying a P53 fully configured to my needs [Why is there such a manic move to ever thinner? We are talking about engineering work stations.]

I wound up reinstalling Win7, then dual boot install Win10. Reinstalling Win7 was a tedious process compared to Win10. Win7 upgrades and MANY updates took many hours before if was "updated". After repopulating Win7 with all my apps, I tried the various 'compatibility options to install in Win10 ... my big apps, Adobe and Autodesk, were unsuccessful. As it turned out my major apps were no longer supported by their publishers ... they would install in Win10 ... would start then freeze or abort after a few seconds.

Since I am used to having lifetime license to my apps, I was not partial to the monthly rental route ... but the shrink-wrap versions of interest added up to as much as $10K, and were 3-4 years old. In my search for options I stumbled onto "OEM" versions for the titles of interest ... at a fraction of the cost of the shrink-wrap [retail] versions. I was assured that these were legitimate version, the difference is that the publishers don't provide user support. The downloaded titles installed, the supplied keys worked, the apps registered, updates/upgrades downloaded via my registered accounts.

Now I look forward to few more productive years with my W530 ... i7-3940XM / 32GB memory / 1TB mSATA SSD / 2TB SSD / BT Optical Drive / et cetera, et cetera.

My next BIG question is ... when will IBM restart 100% US made ThinkPad computers, with NO Chinese back-doors to think about.

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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#8 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:17 am

FrankK-F wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:25 pm
My next BIG question is ... when will IBM restart 100% US made ThinkPad computers, with NO Chinese back-doors to think about.
Unlikely that it'll be IBM.
But dump Trump Intel and get your next laptop with AMD or Arm CPU.
At least they don't build in NSA-backdoors like VPro and AMT.
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#9 Post by FrankK-F » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:45 pm

RealBlackStuff;

Your technical input is always valued and welcome.
Your gratuitous "Trump" referral from a foreigner .. not so much.
Back-doors by NSA, assuming they are as you state, are correctable intrusions/nuisance. Chinese back-doors enable spying on us [and you in Europe as well] ... stealing our personal, commercial, technology and defense secrets, thus damaging and hostile to us at every level. And rubbing salt into the wound, these Lenovo machines populate every nook and cranny in the private, business as well the government and defense space. Capice?

IBM's excellent technology legacy and support make it difficult to find an alternative in today's market. Thus, grudgingly, I keep buying the familiar ThinkPad brand on the high-end.
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Re: Anyone upgrade a W530 from W7 to W10?

#10 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:27 am

FrankK-F wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:45 pm
Your gratuitous "Trump" referral from a foreigner .. not so much.
After living in USA for 13 years I was fed up with increasingly bad weather, DC swamp shenanigans and your absurd "Supreme Leader", who is well on his way to WW III.
So last May I sold up in USA and moved back to Ireland.

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