Step 1. Install the operating system, be sure to delete all existing partitions during installation, start from scratch.
Step 2. Download 64-bit drivers and software and burn them to a CD.
- Intel Chipset Driver
- Intel Display Driver
- Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 Driver .. This is an upgraded version of driver with Intel MyWifi technology.
- Broadcom LAN Driver
- Power Manager for Windows Vista
- Conexant Audio Driver
- Conexant Modem Driver
- Card Reader Driver
- Bison/Chicony Camera Driver
- Synaptics/ALPS Touchpad Driver
- Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test
- BIOS Update Utility
Step 3. Let's update BIOS, if you haven't done that in the past. Once you done, restart will be required.
Step 4. Install drivers and software in the following order. NOTE: Clicking on an installation file, let's say 52ch04ww.exe, does not actually install drivers, but only unzips them, to install you will have to go to C:\Drivers folder.
- Chipset ... c:\drivers\chipset\setup.exe ... restart required
- Display ... c:\drivers\intel onboard graphics driver\setup.exe ... restart required
- Wireless ... c:\drivers\WLAN\52wi07ww\Vista\x64\Install\Intel PROSet Wireless.msi ... custom installation, make sure to choose My WiFi technology
- LAN ... c:\drivers\vista\lan\52la05ww\DrvInst\x64\setup.exe
- Power Manager ... c:\drivers\vista\lpm\52pm06ww\setup.exe ... restart required
- Audio ... c:\drivers\vista\audio\52au11ww\v64\setup64.exe
- Modem ... c:\drivers\modem\52md04ww\v64\setup64.exe
- Card Reader ... c:\drivers\cardreader\52fl08ww\setup.exe
- Camera ... c:\drivers\camera\52ca10ww\CmDrvLdr.exe ... select restart later
- Touchpad ... c:\drivers\touchpad\52tp10ww\TpDrvLdr.exe ... select restart later
- Hard Drive quick test ... restart your computer
Step 5. Let's apply Windows Updates. You are going to have problems installing Service Pack 2, simply because your laptop's hardware is not really compatible with Vista 64-bit operating system.
- Let's apply first 51 updates. Do know that if you select all updates at once, your installation will fail and you will end up wasting 2 hours. Thus, let's only do first 51 updates. Once you go to windows update, 52 updates will be selected for you, scroll down and uncheck Windows Defender Definitions. Install 51 updates. You are installing IE8 with these updates so you'll have to intervene with installation in about 40 minutes or so. ... restart required
- Now, let's finish up with all the important updates. Do not select Windows Ultimate Extras yet. restart required
- Check windows update to see if there are any more important updates left, if yes, download them. Do not install Windows Ultimate Extras yet. Repeat this process as necessary, as new updates could pop up if you haven't gotten them before. Eventually you'll come across one lone KB955430 update, which is titled Update for Windows Vista x64-based Systems, this update is really easy to spot, because when it's offered to you, there will be nothing else available. This update is meant to determine if your system is compatible with Windows Vista Service Pack 2. More likely than not, it would determine that your laptop is not compatible with SP2. ... restart your system
- Let's check Windows Updates again, is there Service Pack 2 option available? If not don't fret, we'll download and install it later. Now though, install Windows Ultimate Extras and all optional upgrades, and possibly a language pack of your choice.
- Once you are done with Windows Update, it's time to install Service Pack 2. First though, let's make sure your system does not have SP2 already installed, this will save us grief of downloading almost 1 GB from Microsoft. Click Start, in the box that says Start Search, type winver, and press enter. About Windows dialog box is displayed, it should say Version 6.0 (Build 6001: Service Pack 1).
- If it says Service Pack 1, we need to apply Service Pack 2. Download it from Microsoft here. It is 754 MB, so it should take you some time to download it. Be sure to burn it to a CD for later use. After you download SP2, go ahead and install it.
- Now we are going to check Windows Update one more time. You should see no updates, this does not mean that Windows Update is hiding updates from you because your system is not compatible with SP2. Any future updates, short of SP3, will show up in Windows Update, don't worry.