Lenovo Ideapad Z710 - Win 7 - Don't do it!

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April 29, 2016 at 22:09:33
Specs: Windows 7, i7/16gb
In response to user trying to install Windows 7 on Lenovo's Ideapad Z710. (http://www.computing.net/answers/drivers/new-laptop-uninstalled-win-8-for-win-7-now-no-drivers/10842.html)

You should be able to get it "mostly" working, but I advise against it from my experience.

I did the same. Bought a Z710, immediately replaced HDD with SSD. Installed Windows 7. Was able to get the Win7 drivers working for *nearly* all the hardware. Although the power settings and discrete GPU never worked properly - it always thought it was a desktop so it ran full cpu horsepower and full screen brightness all the time, and it only used the Nvidia card because the Intel graphics drivers never worked.
So the battery life was about 15-20 minutes which wreaked havoc on the already garbage battery they sell. Oh, and the power settings never stopped charging the battery when it was full. So after a couple weeks of forgetting to unplug the laptop after charging, the whole battery finally died - completely. As in, doesn't even turn on when connected to AC. This is my third dead battery now.

Lenovo support is a money pyramid scheme that provides no useful support without advanced subscription fees. And they will only advise you to reinstall 8.1 again.

I tried first however to use Ubuntu, but I had the same power settings, 20min battery life issues. So no Linux to the rescue this time.

Windows 10 seemed to work fine, but it's not my cup of tea. You shouldn't have any issues there if you don't have any reasons not to upgrade to W10.

I'm going to reformat to OEM settings and sell it to someone who enjoys a miserable, locked-down ecosystem.

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April 30, 2016 at 05:52:46
I assume you realise the post you are responding to is dated 2013?

Maybe it will be useful to anyone else with the same computer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 30, 2016 at 06:50:43
If you want links to be clickable, don't put anything immediately before or after them. Here's the post you referred to: http://www.computing.net/answers/dr...

The poster attempted to downgrade the OS from Win8 to Win7 but apparently had no idea what he was doing. He claimed to not be able to find Win7 drivers yet paulsep (response #5) had no problem finding & posting links to ALL the required drivers for Win7.

I noticed one of them is called "Lenovo Energy Management for Windows 7". Could it be that you never installed that one on your Z710 & thus poor battery life? Did you ever try reinstalling the original HDD with Win8 on it & to see if it had any of the problems you're complaining about?

Me thinks your (& the other poster's) problems are self-induced.

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April 30, 2016 at 10:25:09
I tried that energy mgmt driver. Lol, it's for Win8 despite what the name says, and doesn't work for Win7. Lenovo doesn't currently have a working win7 energy mgmt driver on their site (I emailed them about their error, but they never updated the driver). Been doing this for years brother. Trust me, it's Lenovo.

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