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Install Windows 10 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 is the small laptop that just keeps going.  I have installed multiple versions of Windows on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and Windows 10 does not disappoint.

For this test I did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro X64 update 1511.  I did the install using an external DVD drive but you could probably use USB flash drive as well.  After the install I ran Windows Update (like you always should), and after that there were no more drivers to install.  Making this an easy setup.

Now while Windows 10 is a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 it is not to Windows Vista which came on this machine.  If you have an open license of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can use that key to install and activate Windows 10 on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61.  Below is the Device Manager and System Properties.

System Properties Windows 10 Lenovo X61

System Properties Windows 10 Lenovo X61

As far as performance, I do not have any numbers to compare it to but Windows 10 feels just as responsive if not more so than Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 did on this machine.

If you have one of these Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Windows 10 is an obvious upgrade whether you are running one of these as a personal computer or as part of an enterprise.

 

Install Windows 8.1 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Lenovo has made some great laptops and the ThinkPad X61 is no exception.  This is a laptop that will last a while so that got me wondering is you could install Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and the answer is yes.

For my test I installed Windows 8.1 Pro With Update 64 Bit.  You will need to either use an external USB optical drive or a flash drive may work too.  I did a clean install keeping nothing.

This will be an easy install and after running Windows Update all drivers will be installed.

Windows 8.1 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 8.1 on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 8.1 performs very well on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61.  This is perfect for general business use but not suggested for gaming.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 8 Experience Index on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 8 Experience Index on Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Windows 8.1 is great on the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 and if you still have one of these laptops I would highly suggest thinking about upgrading it.

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.