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WINDOWS 10 INSTALLATION

Windows 10 runs well on the ThinkPad X220.


A clean installation of Windows 10 rather than an upgrade from Windows 7 is
recommended.
If upgrading from Windows 7, uninstall any Lenovo drivers and software
(preferably before upgrading) to avoid numerous incompatibility issues.
Install and run ThinkVantage System Update to search for the latest Lenovo
drivers and utilities
For full function key support and On Screen Display, install the Lenovo Hotkey
Features Integration package available here
For Sierra Wireless MC8355 WWAN, install the drivers available here and see the
instructions in the post here using the following commands:

C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Sierra Wireless Inc\\Utils> .\\GobiImgMgr -FWUPDATE AUTO


-DEFAULTIMAGE 6
C:\\DRIVERS\\WIN\\WWANSR> .\\LenovoGobi3kSetup.exe DEFAULTIMAGE=6

It may also be necessary to manually install the Intel Management Engine


Interface 7.1 / Serial Over LAN (SOL) driver here and the Ricoh Media Card Reader
driver here.
To improve Touchpad performance:
Open Control Panel > Mouse > ThinkPad tab > Settings� > Synaptics Control
Panel > Advanced > Smart Check
Uncheck Edge Tap Filtering and Gesture Filtering
Adjust other Synaptics settings as desired
To enable right click with two finger tap:
Open Registry Editor (Windows + R, type regedit then hit Enter)
Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTP\TouchPadPS2
Change the value of 2FingerTapAction to 2
Restart computer to make changes active
source
For custom monitor INF (information file for the maximum resolution and monitor
naming) and Windows ICM (Image Color Management file for ICC Color Profile) install
the package available here.

The following adjustments can help resolve specific issues with Windows 10:

Function brightness keys do not work


Follow the steps here to resolve this issue
CPU usage too high / idle temperatures high
Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Disable �Show me tips
about Windows�
CPU usage should now return to normal and idle temperatures will decrease
source
Touchpad not working / pointer not showing
Uninstall the Lenovo Synaptics ThinkPad UltraNav Driver
Go to Device Manager > Mice and other Pointing Devices > Synaptics Pointing
Device > Driver and click the Update Driver� button to install updated drivers
directly from Microsoft

BATTERY ISSUES

Check here to see if your battery is subject to the Lenovo battery recall
Reset the battery gauge by launching Power Manager (click the battery icon),
select Advanced > Battery > Battery maintenance > Perform Reset
To perform the reset if Power Manager is not installed: fully charge the
battery, unplug the AC adapter and let the battery completely discharge, then fully
recharge the battery
Batteries available for the ThinkPad X220:
ThinkPad Battery 44 (4 cell)
44Watts/Hr
Part number 0A36305
ThinkPad Battery 44+ (6 cell)
63Watts/Hr
Part number 0A36306
ThinkPad Battery 44++ (9 cell)
94Watts/Hr
Part number 0A36307
ThinkPad Battery 19+ (6 cell Slice)
64Watts/Hr
Part number 0A36280

CPU SPEED THROTTLING

The maximum CPU clock speed may be limited when the system is operated on the
65W AC adapter and no battery is installed
To prevent automatic CPU throttling, leave the battery in place while running
on AC power or use a 90W AC adapter
source

STORAGE

The primary drive bay accommodates 2.5-inch, 7mm drives and supports SATA III
(6Gb/s) speeds
Recommended SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 250GB
An mSATA SSD can be installed in the second MiniPCI Express slot that provides
a SATA II (3Gb/s) interface
Recommended mSATA SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 250GB mSATA

WIRELESS NETWORKING

The ThinkPad X220 was originally configured with one of the following WLAN
adapters:
ThinkPad b/g/n Wireless (1�1 BGN) � FRU 60Y3247 or 60Y3249
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 (1�2 BGN) � FRU 60Y3241
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2�2 AGN) � FRU 60Y3253
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3�3 AGN) � FRU 60Y3233
Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 (2�2 AGN) � FRU 60Y3195 or 60Y3209
The Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Plus Bluetooth can be installed to enable
802.11 AC speeds up to 867 Mbps as well as Bluetooth 4.0
It will be necessary to install the whitelist-removed BIOS to install this
card in the X220
It will be necessary to cut or tape over pin 51 on this card to allow
Bluetooth to operate correctly
A photograph showing pin 51 on the Intel 7260 is here
Discussion of the Intel 7260 in the X220 is here
To enable aptX audio over Bluetooth see the instructions here
A video demonstrating the installation of the Intel 7260 in the X220 is
here

BLUETOOTH

The ThinkPad X220 includes Bluetooth 3.0 (FRU 60Y3271 or 60Y3275)


Bluetooth can be upgraded to Bluetooth 4.0 by simply swapping out the daughter
card located under the palm rest
Lenovo Bluetooth 4.0 daughter cards:
FRU 60Y3303 (Foxconn)
FRU 60Y3305 (Liteon)

OTHER HARDWARE MODIFICATIONS

Speaker upgrade � swap stock speakers with those from the Nexus 6P for improved
audio quality
Prevent or repair lid separation � a spot of J-B Weld will fix the common
problem shown here

DRIVERS

Official Lenovo Support


Ricoh Media Card Reader driver for Windows 7 � install this patched driver if
your card reader does not recognize inserted media. It may also be necessary to
manually assign a drive letter to the SD card in Disk Management.

SUPPORT and DOCUMENTATION

Official Lenovo Support


User Guide
Hardware Maintenance Manual
Technical Specifications
Datasheet
Product Specifications Reference Lenovo ThinkPad Notebooks 2005 to 2013
MyFixGuide � X220 Disassembly Guide

LENOVO PARTS LOOKUP

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/partslookup
LENOVO WARRANTY STATUS LOOKUP

http://support.lenovo.com/en/warrantylookup
REVIEWS

TechRadar � March 23, 2012


StorageReview � November 21, 2011
NotebookCheck � June 23, 2011
Engadget � March 18, 2011
CNET.com � March 14, 2011
Notebook Review � March 8, 2011
PC Magazine � March 8, 2011
Laptop Magazine � March 8, 2011

DISCUSSION FORUMS / OTHER SITES

ThinkPads subreddit
Lenovo.com X Series ThinkPad Forum
ThinkPads.com Support Forum
ThinkWiki

DESKTOP WALLPAPER COLLECTION

25 ThinkPad wallpapers in 1366�768 resolution are available here


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