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Windows 8 RP and my Lenovo W520

I tried to install the Windows 8 CP on my Lenovo W520 with no success as I posted about in the past.I was only able to install Windows 8 CP only if I disabled the Nvidia graphics card and just used the integrated Intel controller. This was of no real use as I need dual monitors.

With the release of Windows 8 RP I though I would try again.

The first attempt failed with the same problem, it hung detecting devices. I check the BIOS and noticed I was set to discrete only (the Nvidia setting). I knew the RP should work on the W520 as other at the office have got it working. So I changed the BIOS to Nvidia Optimus (the auto swap system between Intel and Nivdia) and tried again – and it worked. So this is the first post from Windows 8.

Now to find drivers for the other devices in the W520

Comments (5) -

  • Hosam Kamel

    6/2/2012 12:43:55 AM |

    Thanks a lot! I'm owning the same model ... update the post please if you face any other issue especially the driver part Smile

  • Doug Wilson

    6/2/2012 5:54:18 AM |

    I have the same laptop and install issues. Unfortunately changing to nvidia hasn't brought success. Not yet anyway. I'm trying again having disabled every device I can in the BIOS.

  • Wi11iam

    6/2/2012 4:15:34 PM |

    Amazing work! Now I can wipe my W520 and try the newest cake XD

  • Doug Wilson

    6/2/2012 10:58:58 PM |

    Disabling everything and switching to nvidia got a successful install of the release preview. I've since re-enabled everything and it is still working across reboots. Thanks for the post!

  • Zubair

    6/11/2012 11:37:32 AM |

    So you are saying that you got dual monitors working with Nvidia Optimus on Win8 RP?

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