Lenovo makes some great computers and for those of you that don’t know Lenovo bought the computer side of IBM so there are some tried and true things and designs that they have. The Lenovo B560 is part of their Value line and is not the best machine but is still very nice for the money. This is actually the laptop I got for my wife to replace her HP Netbook. I have wondered for a while how Windows 8 would run on this machine so I convinced her to let me down it for a few days to test it.
As with all my tests, I did a clean install. This type of install will give you the best performance but requires you to reinstall all programs and copy back your data. You can do an upgrade from Windows 7 which will keep your programs, settings, and data. I installed Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit on here and the install went very well. Simple straight forward Windows install but there was one driver missing. You want to download the Lenovo Energy Management software. It has the driver you want, however, the software throws up a compatibility warning every time Windows loads, you can just disable the software from startup in MSConfig. I have not seen any issues with the software running, however. After this is installed I would suggest running Windows Update and checking for any updated drivers. After you do this you should have a clean Device Manager.
Windows 8 performs great on this machine and I am not surprised. Windows 7 ran great on here and Windows 8 does as well. This laptop is a good performer for web browsing, document editing, and picture editing. I think with more ram it would be even better and I am planning on that upgrade soon. The Windows Experience Index from Windows 8 is below. I also ran Passmark Performance Test on here and it got a 681.9.
This laptop is ready for Windows 8 and I do suggest the upgrade is you are thinking about it. Now I tried to install Hyper-V 3.0 and was told I could not because this processor does not support virtualization functions. So as long as you are not looking to use Hyper-V then Windows 8 will be a great upgrade.