This is a story that took many days to finish. It’s still not done and during the process inspired much anguish and passion. Something that should be easy was very difficult. I learned a lot; things I didn’t know I wanted to learn. Hard work, times where I felt stupid, many points where I considered giving up, and yet after the first task is completed, many of hours of work still exist. And all of this to set up a tool that will be used for creating new works. Here’s the story of getting a new laptop.
Process to install windows 7 on lenovo ideapad 400s touch win 8 computer
Basic Desire—Set up a computer that does what I want, not with stupid blinky tiles optimized for consuming, not creating new stuff. So I decided that I needed a window 7 machine.
Starting point: Brand new windows 8 touch screen computer.
Task: Downgrade computer to Window’s 7
Tools: Bob had bought both computer and OEM copy of window’s 7. I also ended up using a MAC for computer research, Liz’s PC for downloading drivers, an IPAD for research and capturing images of codes.
First job – ensuring I can go back to original state
Two tasks – Create restore disk and write down the Window’s 8 product key.
- figure out how to make a backup disk
- download Lenovo product manuals
- read manual that says we need to use the novo key
- find the novo key on computer.
- go buy several different sized chips
- none of them are big enough, so go buy yet another memory stick
- make backup disk and put it aside
- Finding win 08 product key
- Read multiple pages on internet to find out that it is written on the bios
- Special tool is needed to read this data, review multiple tools and finally download one of these tools.
- run tool.
- create snapshot picture with IPAD and save away
Second Job—Install window’s 7
Tasks—turn of secure boot mode of bios, install software, provide product key, update Lenovo drivers to make computer work properly, get needed service packs,
- Getting rid of secure mode (new win 8 feature) in bios
- Read lots of web pages to understand what this is
- Look up how to turn off computer in windows 8 (Microsoft made this a brand new 4 click process for this version of the OS)
- Figure out how to use the NOVO button on the computer to enter bios. Again had to read Lenovo product manual as well as multiple window’s 7 downgrade instruction webpages
- Figure out which commands turned off the secure boot mode and changed the boot device to a cd reader
- Install new windows 7 operating system
- Put CD into CD reader
- Turn off computer and enter boot mode from bios
- Eventually determine that we to get a new cdreader that is window’s 8 compatible. The older reader was not supported by the existing operating system and there were no drivers we could find on the internet to support this reader.
- Buy new cd reader
- Spend many trials getting the combination of boot mode correct before finally achieving success – the new operating system would install.
- Enter product code for windows 7 and get the message it’s invalid.
- Time for Robine to have a temper tantrum, Bob does research that says it’s probably because we don’t internet access.
- Get computer functional – internet, reading chips, camera, etc. Note that I’m still not sure if the camera is working correctly. That will be another day’s problem.
- Read and discover that we need a bunch of drivers for the Lenovo computer in window’s 7.
- Go to Lenovo website and download these onto Liz’s computer.
- She copies them to a chip.
- Discover that my computer still can’t read chips because it needs a driver.
- Find a big blank usb disk for copying driver executables.
- Liz copies drivers onto disk.
- Begin installing executables. Find that half of them won’t install because the files are corrupted.
- Eventually get enough drivers installed that the internet access can be established.
- In the meantime, have another temper tantrum when things don’t work correctly.
- Bob works on getting internet access, I get to finish the task by turning off the offline mode.
- Put in the product key, still bad.
- After many tries, more tantrums, some brandy provided by Bob, and more tears, I realize that an 8 was really a B. Now product key works.
Tasks left after the OS is finally installed
- Add windows OS patches and service packs (need to figure out what is needed)
- Check the Lenovo drivers and install anything missing
- Install Office 2010 (done, software gave me a chance to purchase monthly subscription in addition to the full licence already purchased, I declined)
- Add dropbox (done but not yet configured)
- Check all computer functionality (readers, ports, usb cables, cdreader, camera, and other stuff)
- Add Arduino programming environment
- Add GNU C programming environment
- Add HTML and CSS programming environment
- Purchase snagit and install
- Configure all the software so it works the way I want it, not how the programmer (especially Microsoft) thinks I should use it.
- Get a mouse.
- Get used to the keyboard. Things are in different locations so I keep hitting weird keys. My finger memory is
- Put all the snapshots and notes into a single place for reference.
- Install anti virus software. Thought I had downloaded the free version of AVS, but that also has a 29 day shakedown period where it wants money. That’s ok, I have a few days to get that resolved.
And most of all – thank everyone who helped me with this process.
BOB–thank you very much for all your help. I would not have completed this task without your support and having a working window’s machine does make me happy.
Liz and Kate — thanks for ignoring the temper tantrums while I tried to
Then I get to use the computer for what I wanted
- Setting up an Arduino programming environment
- Writing lecture notes and materials for class I’m going to teach starting next month—teaching computer programming to artists.
- Work on writing my great American novel about dragon cats.
- Organizing vast libraries of photographs and music / audio files.
- Perhaps set up a dual boot with LINUX and Window’s 7
- Get the CSA Art foundation website working properly.
Seems like a lot of trouble to set up the basics. After all the computer is a tool. Now the attitude that I should like learning new stuff like Window’s OS 8 because it’s progress is all wrong. I want a tool that works, not an exercise in relearning how to use the basic tools.