Install Windows 7 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 is still a great small laptop and was used by many companies.  It still has life left in it and you can Install Windows 7 on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 very easily.

For my test I installed Windows 7 Home Premium With Service Pack 1 64 Bit.  Since the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 does not have an optical drive I used an external optical drive but you could probably use a flash drive as well.

I did a clean install keeping nothing and after running Windows Update there were no more drivers that I needed to install.

Despite some of these Lenovo ThinkPad X61’s coming with Windows Vista Basic, Aero Glass was enabled and supported in Windows 7.

Windows 7 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 7 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 7 on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 performs very well and is up to most tasks.  It should be just fine for business use but I would advise against gaming or anything overly graphical.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 7 Experience Index on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 7 Experience Index on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

If you have one of these around and are thinking of upgrading to a newer version of Windows I feel like you should install Windows 7 on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and give it a shot.

2 replies
  1. Volker Schalike
    Volker Schalike says:

    would you be kind enough to give me a step by step instruction to install windows 7 on my x61 tablet WXP ,W Vista basic.Thank you.
    PS.I would also like to roll back my W10 Lenovo Desk Top to W7.i can not find the option to go back to “factory condition”
    (guess what?I do not like W10,love XP)

    Thank you very much
    (somewhat lost) Volker Schalik,Calgary
    [email protected]

    • Bryan Moore
      Bryan Moore says:


      Unfortunately I do not have the ThinkPad X61 any longer. You may need to contact Lenovo for restore disks if you did not create a set already. That is the only option for old machines, or if the restore partition is gone. I highly suggest staying with Windows 10 for security reasons. The most recent update 1709 (Fall Creators Update) is actually very nice. I hope to also do some articles on settings that can be changed in Windows 10 to help make it more Useful and easier to use.

      Thank You


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