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Very, very nice laptop without windows 8
, November 7, 2012
This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 261729U 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.3 GHz AMD A10-4600M Processor, 6GB DIMM, 750GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) Grey Metal (Personal Computers)
Besides my 21 yr old son owning his Lenovo Ideapad A-4 for over a year without any problems or glitches, I purchased this laptop from Fry's Electronics (sorry Amazon) based on the solid feeling metal casing, the price being under $500, having 6 GB ram and a 750 GB hard drive with an AMD A-10 processor and a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8 (free after rebate). Whoo-hoo, I found a deal! I had to return it after 1 day because I couldn't get the card reader slot to open. Fry's gladly exchanged it for me. I had to return the 2nd one after 2 days because after loading Windows 8 I got memory error messages and could not open the Internet Explorer. Fry's reluctanly exchanged it again. I've now had the 3rd laptop for 4 days. It was working wonderfully with Windows 7, I was sooo happy with my purchase. Being that I had already purchased Windows 8 when I had laptop #2, I decided to go ahead try downloading it to laptop #3. Again, I received memory errors, could not access the web with Internet Explorer and I was unable to register Windows becasue my product key was used on laptop #2. After 4 hours on the phone trouble shooting with Microsoft, they finally gave me a new product key. I advised the tech that I think there is an incompatibility issue with this Lenovo and Win 8. He harshly explained that all PC's manufactured after June 2, 2012 are compatible with Win 8. He suggested I wait until I received my Windows 8 DVD in the mail ($14.99 at time of free upgrade) to try re-installing the operating system. We finally got to the web using Google Chrome. I went ahead and tried reinstalling Win 8 with the restore partition. It worked, but all the Lenovo pre-installed programs and drivers were gone. My desktop was blank, but I was able to access the web with Internet Explorer until I started downloading the Lenovo drivers and pre-installed apps again. I don't know if I should try again or just put Win 7 back on it. (Purchased an ASUS with same specs for my husband 2 wks agao, loaded Win 8, no problems at all.) Bottom line, The Lenovo Z585 is a very, very nice laptop WITHOUT Win 8! I would definitely recommend this laptop to others as long as you have the patience to find the driver or program that's causing the incompatibility issues or purchase the newer model with Win 8 pre-installed.
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