[11 Nov 2012: added Bluetooth support]
[25 Feb 2013: Add warning against installing the newer ThinkPad Hotkey Features Integration driver for Win8]
Windows 8 installed fine on my old ThinkPad X61s and runs nicely and fast (the little old thing has an SSD though :-)).
First I did an upgrade install by selecting “Keep Windows settings, personal files and applications”.
- I enabled Bluetooth before starting the upgrade because I read somewhere that it could not be enabled in Win8 otherwise.
- Win8 Setup asked to delete some incompatible applications (nothing I currently need), including MS Security Essentials.
- Most of these applications could be uninstalled from within Win8 Setup by simply clicking a button.
- A few I had to manually uninstall using “Programs and Features”.
- Because I could not find a way to uninstall “Lenovo Auto Scroll Utility“, I uninstalled the ThinkPad TrackPoint driver. That stopped Win8 Setup complaining and it installed.
- I had to manually install my EFS certificates.
- I deleted the windows.old backup using the “Free up disk space…” to free disk space.
After these steps everything worked fine including the Fn keys. Only the battery manager reported to be not compatible
Experimenting with Win8 I successfully did a Refresh:
- Refresh took quite long (1+ h, hanging at 5% for about 30 min).
- It removed all desktop application like Office, VS, SQL Sever, …
And placed a RemovedApps.html file on the desktop.
- It removed all ThinkPad specific drivers.
- After deleting the windows.old backup using the “Free up disk space…” App (selection System files) there was a lot of free disk space.
- After Refresh the X61 worked fine,
including the TrackPoint and its buttons, the speaker buttons and the wireless switch.
- Device Manager showed the device “Video Controller” not working.
And connecting external monitors or beamers via Win+P was not supported.
- I installed Intel Chipset Support for Windows 8.
- After this Window Update installed the chipset drivers.
- Device Manager “search automatically” now found a driver for the Video Controller.
Win+P now offers to connect external displays.
- Bluetooth did not work yet.
Because I wanted to use a ThinkPad laser mouse without an extra Bluetooth dongle I decided to get Bluetooth working. Because Lenovo did not offer Win8 hotkey drivers I installed the X61s Hotkey Features Integration for Windows 7.
I set the compatibility of the setup.exe to Win7 and deselected the Lenovo Auto Scroll Utility” because Win8 reported compatibility issues with this. Win8 automatically installed Bluetooth with enhanced Data Rate. With FN+F5 working now I can enable Bluetooth my laser mouse works fine.
- Win+”.” to split the Start Screen does not work.
This is by Win8 design because of the low 1024 screen resolution of the X61s.
- Installing the newer ThinkPad Hotkey Features Integration driver for Win8 3.84.1500 which was offered by Lenovo System Update did disable the hardware WiFi switch. I to revert to the older Win7 driver mentioned above by restoring to an older restore point using system restore.