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Thinkpad x260 downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro

Q: Thinkpad x260 downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro

Hi All, First of all I have already researched the forums about this issue, but couldn't find a solution that I'd be confident with, hence starting this topic. We have purchased this x260 with Win10/Win7 Pro preload with downgrade rights to Win7 if needed. I guess only one of the two operating systems would be available, which is in this case Windows 10. Now, from what I have gathered so far, an OEM key (and the install media) should be used for the downgrade. I've also read that enterprise licenses aren't covered in the downgrade rights. I do hope that I've misunderstood something, because 1. we only have enterprise license for win7 pro,1. if we have to have a separate install media and a license key for Win7, than what exactly the point of paying extra for the downgrade rights? If someone could please shed some light on how is this downgrade process is done, I'd be ever so grateful. Many thanks in advance, kind regards, Bruno

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I've recently taken delivery of my a new Thinkpad X260.  Like a good little user, the first thing I did was run the utilty which created a recovery disk on a USB drive, which I've stored away carefully. Now.  When I ordered the X260 from Lenovo, I deliberately specified it to be supplied preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional 64, through the downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro.   I had first established that if and when I wish to upgrade to Windows 10, that will not be a problem for me.  All good. What I am keen to know is, should I ever need to use the recovery USB drive which I created, will that let me reinstall either Windows 10 or 7, or is there anything else which I should be doing to be sure about this? Thanks 

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I recently bought this computer with the basic configuration for a work project involving LabView.  The configuration we needed did not work on this computer for some reason (although it worked fine on other computers with Windows 10) so we decided to downgrade to Windows 7.  I borrowed a copy of Windows 7 to install, but need a product key to activate it.  It was my understanding that by purchasing this PC, I am entitled to downgrade to Windows 7 if needed. I am also having trouble getting drivers to install properly.  The copy of Win7 that I downgraded to was Windows 7 Professional SP1, but all of the drivers that I have gotten from the Software/drivers section of the HP website did not work properly.  Currently the Ethernet Controller and USB 3.0 ports are non-functional. If anyone has done this before with this computer or if there is an HP technician that can help me it would be greatly appreciated

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I have seen a lot of complaints about Windows 8, and I wanted to take the time to inform those of you who don't care for it that it does carry downgrade rights, and you can downgrade back to your lovely Windows 7. I hope this helps out some of my fellow PC/OS users that are so disgruntled about the Windows 8 OS. :-)
 
Understanding Downgrade Rights
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=k5qX4ONHHK0
 

A:Understanding Downgrade Rights Windows 8

The unfortunate part about the "down grade" rights, you need the Pro version of Windows 8.1. I, for one can not do that because I have the home version of 8.1.
 
I'm just waiting for 9, think I shall skip 8.1 SP 1, unless it is free...

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We got Windows 7 with downgrade rights to Winxp. Dell installed Winxp on it. Is it possible to use the Windows 7 that came with the computer to dual boot between Winxp and Windows 7?

A:Windows 7 downgrade rights to Winxp question

sure.

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I was browsing the "Understanding Downgrade Rights" page at Microsoft, and there is no mention that I can see of any downgrade rights for Windows 8 - only the Windows 8 Pro edition is mentioned.

Understanding downgrade rights






Downgrade rights offer a practical solution. The customer can:Purchase a PC with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled.Downgrade?at no additional cost?to Windows 7 Professional.Move to Windows 8 Pro at the appropriate time. The system is licensed and ready for conversion.
Windows and Windows Server software eligible for downgrade rights
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008


OEM versions of Windows 8 eligible for downgradeWindows 8 Pro includes downgrade rights to:

Windows 7 ProfessionalWindows Vista Business




Downgrade rights process
To downgrade Microsoft Windows or Windows Server software, customers must:

Purchase a PC preinstalled with Windows or Windows Server software.Accept the End User Software Licence Terms.Perform the downgrade or authorise a third party to perform it on their behalf.



Does this mean that Windows 8 (Core) preinstalled by an OEM has no Downgrade rights?

When the Downgrade Rights details and FAQ page is read, things become more confusing as it seems to shift to OEM System Builder installations:

Downgrade rights details and FAQ






What to know about downgrade rightsThe following provides more details about downgrade rights for Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Prof... Read more

A:No downgrade rights in Preinstalled OEM Windows 8 (Core)?

Hi there
seems clear to me

screenshot enc -- and English wasn't my ist language -- however I can't see what's the problem here.

W8 PRO ===>W7 PRO or Vista PRO business edition -- what's so complicated about that.

they won't downgrade a non W8 Pro to a W7 Pro -- why on earth would they.

If you've W8 PRO on your machine you should be eligible for the downgrade. What happens when you try and download it.

Cheers
jimbo

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Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020

With 74% of business PCs running XP, the move is more proof that it's the OS that won't die

Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020
 

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Hi SDFOX 7

Your link isn't working.
 

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Machine type model20F5??????????? ????????????? ?????? Windows 10 x64. ??? ???????? ???????????. ??????? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ?????? https://support.lenovo.com/ru/ru/documents/acc100280 , ?? ???? ?? ?????, ????????? ???????? ???????? ???? ?????????.?? ??????? ???-?????, ?? ???????? ????? ?? ? ????? ????.

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I have a new Lenovo x260 that I want to flatten and rebuild using our own version of Windows 7 media.I can boot up and it starts to install but then when I click Install windows I get the following error Load DriverA required CD/DVD drive device drive is missing. If you have a floppy disk/CD, DVD or USB f;lash drive please insert it now. I bascially want to reformat the HDD and build as we did with teh x230, x240,x250 Whats changed!!!!! Thanks

A:Thinkpad x260 WIndows 7 rebuild from bootbale medi...

You probably need the USB 3.0 drivers.  They'll have to be integrated into the install media since once the installer has switched to its internal drivers it won't be able to see an external drive for an "F6" driver add.
 
If your laptop uses an NVMe SSD you'll also need that driver or the installer won't be able to see the install target.  That comes from a MS hotfix.
 
There's a thread or two here that addresses those issues.  I'll dig around and try to find them.
 
[edit] Here's one.  (Ignore my incorrect advice early in the thread):
 
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T460-Windows-7-install-error/m-p/3284463
 
I'm also working on a little tutorial with an X1 Yoga as the example but don't know when that will be done.
 
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Hi I have done a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64bit and have installed the Funtion Keys Integration. But I can't turn the wireless off using the Funtion Button and most of the funtions buttons don't work the only ones that do are the Brightness and sounds works correctly when using the function buttons. Anyone come across the issue. Matthew

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Hi I purchased a brand new Lenovo X260 with the Huawei ME906S 4G, the system came with Windows 7 Pro 64bit and now I have done a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64bit. I have got the Huawei ME906S Drivers installed but where do I get the software to control the 4G Card as in be able to turn it on and off. Thanks Matthew

A:ThinkPad X260 Huawei ME906S 4G Windows 10 64bit

Hi All, I think I may of worked it out, I see Cellular when I click on Wireless. I get my sim card tomorrow so will test it out

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Hi All,Does anyone know why when I use option to ?Create a system repair disk? via ?Backup and Restore? after CD-R disk has been created on ThinkPad x260 type: 20F6, it creates non-bootable disk?Tried on three different x260.

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Hi - I bought the P50 (20EN) back in 2016 with the W7 downgrade rights, and I'm looking to now upgrade to W10 - I have submitted the order for the USB recovery tool and downloaded that, but question - I don't have my product key nor is there a sticker on my machine with the key - I'm concerned that during the process I'll be asked for a key.  I'm assuming that I may not need the key, that somehow it's embedded in the machine or something like that, but I don't want to go through the process and then have to buy a license or something like that.  Can anyone advise how that works? Also, do I need to do some kind of change from BIOS to UEFI? Thanks for any help.

A:P50 with Windows 7 downgrade rights upgrading to Windows 10

There is nothing to do.  The key is in the BIOS and the installation will activate automatically.  If, instead, you install from a microsoft iso image, it may ask for a key, but indicate that you don't have one.  It wil also activate automatically.  If you want a UEVI image rather than legacy, go into the BIOS before installation and you can either turn on secure boot, if that's what you want, or turn on both with UEFI first or UEFI only.

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Two weeks ago I did a fresh install of Windows 10 Creators Update and I noticed, that I am missing HDMI sound device. Everythings worked fine on Windows 10 Anniversary Update version. I did a clean install, not an update. I have all drivers up-to-date. I also used Lenovo System Update to check, if there is any new drivers available. Still no HDMI sound device in Windows device manager. Anyone encountered this kind of problem? My Thinkpad X260 works like a charm on Windows 10 CU except this issue. Thank you Model name:Lenovo Thinkpad X260 20F5S0CS0C

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Hi , i recently bought a x260 that is preloaded with win 7 pro. The salesperson discourage me from updating to win 10, saying that  the thinkpad will run slower. Anyone has experience with win 10 running on x260

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Hi,
We are in process of buying some branded desktops. The desktops shall be shipped with pre-installed Windows 10 with its OEM license. No OS media shall be shipped alongwith the desktops.

We still want to continue using Windows 7 on these desktops (using Downgrade Rights). However, in absence of any OS Media from OEM, we are not able to understand how to downgrade the desktops from Windows 10 to Windows 7.
Request if someone can provide some helpful guideline.
Thanks,
Amit Jogi

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Hi,When buying P50 with win 10 pro, is it possible to downgrade it later to win 7 pro?Is it necessary to buy a win7 pro rights ?and if so, is it a regular win7 or a just a downgrade version ?Thanks!                                  

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Hello, I've purchased an Ideapad 500-15ISK from a 3rd party retailer that hasn't been delivered yet.  I have an old Toshiba laptop running Win 7 64 bit that I've been using for years.  The Lenovo machine is coming pre-installed with Win 10 64 bit.  My wife has Win 10 and frankly, I don't like it.  I have tons of programs on the Toshiba that I'd like to port over, but I've heard Microsoft has done away with that feature in Win 10.  I have the full disk image of the Toshiba backed up on an external drive.  My questions are: 1), does the new machine come with downgrade rights so I can revert to Win 7 and then install the backed up image; 2) if I do that, I'm assuming I'd have to download all the required Lenovo drivers, install them on the Toshiba and do another backup or the machine won't work; 3) have any of you tried this and perhaps have an easier way to go about the transfer?  I also considered stripping out the Win 10 bloatware and doing a dual boot with Win 10 and Win 7.  Since the machine hasn't been delivered yet I don't have a S/N so I can't call tech support.  Any thoughts or help will be greatly appreciated!  

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I'm trying to downgrade a laptop that originally came with Windows 8.1 Pro OEM to Windows 7 Pro. I called in to MS, gave them the OEM key, they confirmed it was legit but told me I had to buy a new Win7 key. I told them this was unacceptable as the laptop has downgrade rights, they "transferred" me and I kept ending up back at the same tech repeating the same tripe. Any ideas? Cheers

A:Downgrade rights not being respected by MS?

In cases like that I tell them that I will have my lawyer handle it - but only after I got the name of the guy on the phone.

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Hi I brought a laptop from the dell outlet and its coming with windows 10 pro and i would like to downgrade back to windows 7 pro 
how do i do this ? i know how to install an os but do i request a key from MS or dell 

A:downgrade rights question

You must use Dell Windows 7 OEM System Locked Preinstallation. See here for details:
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/downgrade-rights/

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Help...
Are any Dell Desktops still available (new or refurbished) with Windows 7 downgrade rights from Windows 10 professional?  Some of my business applications are "very tied" to Windows 7 but my hardware is fading fast.
Thanks for your help?

A:Available Dell Desktops with Win 7 Downgrade Rights

Windows 7 reached End of OEM Sales about a year ago:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet 
Moreover Intel never made Windows 7 drivers for newer hardware.
You will need to find a second hand 6th Generation Skylake system with a Windows 8.1 Pro OEM License or Windows 10 Pro OEM License so you can invoke Downgrade Rights to Windows 7 Pro OEM using the systems SLIC 2.1 i.e. look for one of these systems:
http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukbsdt1/sln300777/dell-support-for-windows-7-and-81-on-the-skylake-chipset?lang=en 
Details about performing Downgrade Rights are available here. Note you need to use the updated Dell Windows 7 Skylake Reinstallation .iso otherwise installation will fail (due to lack of USB support and lack of storage controllers):
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-dell-windows-7-64-bit-reinstallation-sp2-oem-iso-for-a-uefi-bios/ 

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I purchase this model pre-shipped with Windows 10.  I wish to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro.  Is this possible via Microsoft's downgrade rights?  If so, how do I obtain a windows 7 product key. thank you











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A:Downgrade rights with HP Pavilion 15-au063nr

Hi, Firstly: No, you can't downgrade to Windows 7 Pro because your machine has Windows 10 Home 64 pre-installed:    http://support.hp.com/za-en/product/hp-pavilion-15-au000-notebook-pc-series/10862158/document/c05226670 Secondly: You need to follow process from the following link:            https://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=TfvdP6VJrhc From Microsoft: your case is not available. Regards.

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Hi everyone,I wanted to order an x260 from Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H8C6JPW. Other example include :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JI8P68Khttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FV19H3Shttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JI8P68KI asked Amazon live support what do "TS" and "FD" mean in the product description and they have no answer since Lenovo did not provide them any information about these names. And a side question is "Only Laptop" mean there is no adapter ? Could anyone please help me to clearify what do these tag names mean? Thank you.













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A:Thinkpad x260 TS FD meaning

Hello and welcomeI'm not a Lenovo representative, but definitely TS means TopSeller, FD in the short lsptop specification means the type of display - FHD. "Only laptop" might mean accessories (like additional cable) missing. Of course, AC charger should be in the pack.Original laptop specification is below:http://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/ThinkPad_X260?M=20F60093US

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HiI want to buy the X260 YOGA with the new KABY LAKE processor (I7- Intel 7th generation).Can anybody inform me if it is already available, and if not when will it be in the market?Thanks

A:THINKPAD X260 KABY LAKE

Good day and welcome to the community.I see the X270 on sale on the (US) shopping site: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x270/?menu-id=thinkpad_x270 and it is a Kaby Lake machine.
 
The X260 shows as sold out: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x260/ . It was a Skylake machine.
Hope this helps.
Regards.

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Hi all!Can anyone tel me if this is standar behaviour, please?My X260, when charging, starts charging internal battery to 80%, then it charges external battery to 100% and only then goes back charging internal battery from 80  to 100%. Thanks in advance for your input. RM

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Hello.I have a x260 laptop and i want to replace the keyboard with a backlit one.my question is that if the keyboard is if all x260 laptops are compatible with backlit keyboard or there ar specific models for that?if it`s compatible do you know where can i buy one?thank you in advance

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pls for anyone i want bin for bios thikpad x260 

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Hi! I have a worklaptop (x260) and am trying to connect it with a LG Ultrafine 5k Display. The display only has USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 out and when I'm connecting the laptop (using a USB-C to Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 cord) it does nothing and won't detect it. The setup works for another laptop so I know the cord is fine...  Does anyone know if I can just download some drivers for Thunderbolt 3 (Found these: LINK) or do I need a dock? Reason I'm not trying is that I need my corporate IT to download and install so wanted to make sure it's the right solution.  Thank you for any replies! And apologies if this topic has already been delt with -- I searched but without any luck. 

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HiI want to buy the X260 YOGA with the new KABY LAKE processor (I7- Intel 7th generation).Can anybody inform me if it is already available, and if not when will it be in the market?Thanks

A:THINKPAD X260 KABY LAKE

Good day and welcome to the community.I see the X270 on sale on the (US) shopping site: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x270/?menu-id=thinkpad_x270 and it is a Kaby Lake machine.
 
The X260 shows as sold out: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x260/ . It was a Skylake machine.
Hope this helps.
Regards.

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 Hi custormer support, I'm using Thinkpad X260, my laptop will discharge the external battery first then it discharges the internal one. Today I learnt that for T470 laptops and later models, the discharge algorithm becomes smarter, the least worn battery will discharge first to ensure the wear levels are more even. My X260 still discharges the external battery first despite the wear level of external battery is higher than the internal battery's. I'd like to know if the X260 can do the same thing and how to do this? Thanks and regards,afriendP.S.: my bios version is 1.36

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Hello, I am not able to connect laptop with with my phone Sony Z5 compact hotspot from X260. From X230 it connects well. What could be the reason? 

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Hello, I am not able to connect laptop with with my phone Sony Z5 compact hotspot from X260. From X230 it connects well. What could be the reason? 

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I am facing a problem in my laptop. whenever i play vedio from youtube or other websites the audio gradually advances as compared to vedio. This is more noticable in movies where audio is way ahead of vedio. I have all the latest drivers and updates installed but this problem still exists.

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Hi, I'm experiencing problems with my x260 ever since I purchase it. I've tried different methods to resolve the issue but no success. Problem is that my touchpad freezes every few minutes, I cannot move cursor unless I release my finger. What I've done so far:- I wipe the system partition and reinstaled system (Win10 Pro)- I've updated all drivers- I've rollback Synaptics driver to one which comes with Windows instalationNo success so far, any sugestions?

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My both internal and external batteries died due to over discharge and have been sitting on 2% and do not charge any more.
I am wanting to buy batteries but strange to find that the compatible original batteries online are 10.8v and the batteries of x260 which died recently are 11.1v. 
I am confused, please help.
 
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A:ThinkPad X260 battery options?

Get them replaced under warranty. The X270 has been shipping for less than a year, so the batteries are still under warranty. 

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Sorry my english badI have video error thinkpad X260

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Hello! I was inquiring into buying a Lenovo X260, and one of the main reasons I was interested was because it has a SIM card slot. I have Project Fi, and was interested in using a data only SIM card for the laptop. Project Fi is compatable with Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular networks, and I wanted to ask if anyone had any experience using the sim card slot with any of these networks or perhaps even a Project Fi sim. I do not want to buy the laptop to find out the sim card does not work. Any advice would be extremely helpful.   

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Hello, all. I am trying to upgrade my Thinkpad X260 to a 16GB stick of ram. The exact item I bought is called "Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) DR x8 SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT16G4SFD8213" on Amazon.com . After installing the memory module (correctly, using the video Lenovo provides on youtube), the laptop won't boot. I can't even get into the bios, although the green bower button lights up. I'm very confused as I did a lot of research to make sure this ram is supported by my thinkpad: The Thinkpad platform specifications list the memory as "2133MHz DDR4" with a 16GB maxThe voltage on my ram is 1.2V, the same voltage that the thinkpad x260 supportsIt's also "260-pin memory", the same as the original ram. What could possibly be going on? Why won't my laptop boot with the RAM upgrade?

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Today it is almost one year my X260 was on batteries and went to over discharging (almost to 2%) and then upon plugging in the power it showed charging but not increasing the charge levels on both the batteries.Kindly post your suggestions for helping me to resove this issue. It is using BQ24780s charger chip on its motherboard.

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Hello, my friends. I am running the Windows 10 Pro, (version #1607), 64-bit, in Spanish language.  I was having a huge amount of trouble with the factory-installed Bluetooth module (Intel AC8260). I would go through the on-line solutions of removing and reinstalling the Lenovo drivers. Sometimes I had to this this several times in a row, before it would actually work. The Bluetooth would finally connect to my earphones (Bose QC35 or Skullcandy Ink'd) They would work for about 20 minutes, and then Bluetooth would quit, requiring me to go through the process again of removing the Lenovo drivers and reinstalling them. It was driving me nuts, (which I admit, is a very short drive!) I finally uninstalled the Lenovo drivers and then installed the Intel drivers from here: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/86068/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-8260  Now Bluetooth works just fine on Windows.  I am also using this machine with Linux Mint 18.3. I have only managed to get Bluetooth to connect to my headphones once, though they do appear in the list of Bluetooth devices.          Hope this will help somebody else.  

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