Lenovo B540 i5

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Buckie, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Buckie

    Buckie MDL Junior Member

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    Hi guy's... Just bought this all in one machine for £100. It needs a bit love and a recovery set of discs. Does anyone know if such a set is doing the rounds ? If not would an y windows 8 install on it, and I somehow get the Lenovo B540 driver disks ?I'd ideally like the partition rebuilt, is there any way that could happen too, say using Lenovo's own software ? Any ideas guys, I'd really love some help restoring this machine... Thanks in advance guy's ...:)
     
  2. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Contact Lenovo to get a set. You could get the drivers for the machine right off Lenovo's driver site if you are looking to install from vanilla media. I would check to see if it is compatible with Windows 8 for the sake of your drivers if you don't know.
     
  3. Buckie

    Buckie MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks, it had windows on it but the reason I got was for client confidentiality the hard disk had to be removed. I therefore couldn't test the machine further without it, but trust the guy and for £100, thought I couldn't go wrong. Would Lenovo sell me a hard disk with the recovery partition already on and awaiting use ? If not, is there any way I could rebuild it ?
    Brand Lenovo
    Item Weight 12 Kg
    Product Dimensions 71.5 x 52 x 17.5 cm
    Item model number VDX1UUK
    Processor Brand Intel
    Processor Type Intel Core i5
    Processor Speed 3.3 GHz
    RAM Size 8 GB
    Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card Description Nvidia GeForce GT615
    Graphics RAM Type VRAM
    Graphics Card Ram Size 1 GB
     
  4. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    You would just be better off buying a hard drive from your local computer store outlet or off line and just order the recovery discs from Lenovo. I don't know if they would sell you the hard drive with the recovery image installed but its worth a try to see if they will.

    You can always rebuild it with a blank hard drive, vanilla media, and the drivers from Lenovo ;)
     
  5. Tito

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    See here to preserve Windows 8 OEM activation and make your own recovery media/partition.

    :)
     
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  6. Buckie

    Buckie MDL Junior Member

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    Great... thanks, oh whats "vanilla media" ?
     
  7. anarchist9027

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    A plain Windows install disc
     
  8. Buckie

    Buckie MDL Junior Member

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    Great, just downloaded the windows 8 drivers from Lenovo ;) Halfway there already... cheers:D
     
  9. anarchist9027

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    Glad I could help you out ;)
     
  10. Buckie

    Buckie MDL Junior Member

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    Since windows 8 has been activated on this machine with this bios, will I be able to recover the serial ?
     
  11. anarchist9027

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    Yes, you will need to use a utility program like RW-Everything to read it off the BIOS
     
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    Look at the first post of that thread, there's a little ''MSDM key'' checkbox.
     
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  15. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Ahh, I see. Totally over looked that.

    As for the OP, Install Windows 8 "Core" and retrieve the key and use the key. If it is Windows 8 Core, it will install and accept the key and if its Pro, it should notify you and upgrade you to Pro
     
  16. Pegatron

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    You all are awesome! I'm glad you got yourself a new toy. Installing an OS is a breeze nowadays just check Device Manager to make sure your hardware has drivers. Have Fun:worthy:
     
  17. Gcenx

    Gcenx MDL Novice

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    Actually their is no need to try and recover the KEY from the BIOS just using a standard Windows 8 disk it will auto install the KEY from the BIOS and will auto install the correct version of Windows 8 (Core or Pro), done this multiple times already during my job.
     
  18. anarchist9027

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