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Alternate to W530 (supports Windows 7, >16GB RAM, legacy non-UEFI boot, 1920x1080)?

Q: Alternate to W530 (supports Windows 7, >16GB RAM, legacy non-UEFI boot, 1920x1080)?

I am looking for a Lenovo (no other will do) laptop that could be an alternate to the W530 (about 6 years old). My key requirements are (native, not via a VM) support for Windows 7 64-bit (I do not intend to use Windows 8 or 10, so need either factory installed, recovery discs available, or at least drivers available from Lenovo for Windows 7 Pro 64-bit), support for over 16GB RAM (example, 24 or 32 GB), support for legacy BIOS boot mode (I do not intend to use UEFI), and supports at least 1920x1080 screen resolution. Weight, size, and (to an extent) cost are uncritical. Some versions of W530 fits this description; I am searching for alternatives prior to committing to (another) W530. Thank you for any recommendations.

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Preferred Solution: Alternate to W530 (supports Windows 7, >16GB RAM, legacy non-UEFI boot, 1920x1080)?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Is there currently any way to configure a custom boot logo for UEFI booting? I can only find methods for Legacy users, but no luck with UEFI.

I'm kind of new to custom boot logos, so if anybody could give me some information as to if it's possible first?


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Hi all,

Currently having a wake on lan issue with a certain computer.

The machine is setup correctly but the windows boot information is stored in a 100mb UEFI partition, and when the computer wakes on lan, it will not boot windows, just sit at a blank screen.

When it wakes on lan it is trying to boot from the legacy device (same blank screen happens if you choose to boot from it from bios)

ive tried updating the bios but no luck, all settings seem to be as they should be.

Is there some trick to get it to load the UEFI MBR, or is there a safe way other then reformatting the machine to move the MBR over to the legacy device itself?

Thanks for any help.

A:Boot UEFI from wake on lan, or convert UEFI MBR to legacy.

Back up your files, unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup to enable Legacy BIOS. Next check BIOS Boot order for an EFI Boot Disk: remove it, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SEL DIS 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

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When i try and boot my Windows 7 x64 DVD in UEFI mode my computer completely skips it and boots my hard drive. However when I boot in legacy mode i can boot the CD but i get the error 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style'. I'm assuming i get this error because i'm not booting via UEFI mode.

A:Windows 7 Installation CD - Can boot in Legacy mode but not in UEFI

Where do you buy your Windows 7 DVD from?

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I have MSI UEFI Mobo, when I try to boot on my Hard Drive in BIOS, it gives me: "Restart and select proper boot device" but I can boot using UEFI Windows Boot Manager, so I want to add legacy boot besides UEFI Boot. Thanks a lot.