Upgrading my Lenovo E590 Laptop

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This week Microsoft has announced a lot of things. .NET 6. Visual Studio 2022. Mavi. All kinds of great great geeks.

I have some new projects coming soon that will include .NET 6 and Visual Studio 2022. I’m going to do some of this work on my laptop. I decided I needed to upgrade to Windows 11 at the same time.

The only problem: my laptop did not experience it. It Lenovo Thinkpad E590 It is stressed in two areas.

My hard drive space is running out:

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And I push hard on my memory limit (16GB):

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So, upgrade to Visual Studio and the operating system? Probably not going well.

I mistakenly thought the e590 had a 16GB memory limit, so I seriously considered upgrading a laptop. But I love this laptop, and the CPU performance is not an issue, so I did five seconds of research and discovered I could go for 32GB and Add an NVME drive. big success! I’ll upgrade my laptop instead!

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In total of $ 363.89 (Much less than a new laptop) I’m supposed to get back to business just fine.

How do I use my Lenovo E590

In a certain context, this laptop is my “daily driver”. I have two “big machines” to build courses, content, live streaming and article writing. I have a large Digital Storm i9 / 64G machine running Windows 10 and Arch Linux and Apple M1 Mac Mini. These are what I use for “work” or making essential things.

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My laptop is for everyone else. This is an i5 machine with 16GB of RAM, with Windows 10 and Pop! _OS. I use this machine to write articles, but also to experiment with things and learn new things. This is my portable sandbox. I also use it to spend time watching YouTube videos and sending emails. It works great.

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I’m not afraid to set this thing up and put things with a bleeding edge on this machine.

On the Pop! _OS side, there is less upgrade pressure. It works just fine.

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I do not stress the memory so hard, and I have allocated more drive space to Pop! _OS than to Windows.

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But it would not hurt to upgrade this hard drive, eh?

So I pulled the trigger.

Upgrading the Lenovo E590

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Upgrading this laptop is super easy. Pull some screws from the bottom, open it and replace parts.

Here’s a cool thing I realized: The existing drive is an SSD. I can Add the NVME To the system and run both.

So that’s what I did.

So I took out the 16GB sticks and took down the 32GB sticks. Add the NVME and return it in about 5 minutes.

Really pretty cool.

Installing Windows 11

Installing Windows 11 turned out to be a bit of a tutorial. I downloaded the ISO and noticed that I could not burn it with it Rufus As I usually do. ISO continued to corrupt (despite the MD5 test).

So I added the ISO with Pop! _OS instead.

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The ISO worked fine, but I kept getting this error:

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Even more bizarre was the fact that the installer could see all my drives:

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So after trying to install motherboard drivers and other weird stuff, I used Windows 11 Media Creation Tool Build the USB drive, and it worked like a charm.

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I may never know why it worked that way, but I will take it.

My initial impression from Windows 11: It looks very nice and looks performance. I installed Visual Studio 2022 and a few other things, and it works great. I will report later.

After upgrading the hardware

So, technically at this point, I have four operating systems on my laptop:

  • Windows 10 and Pop! _OS 21.04 On the SSD
  • Windows 11 and Pop! _OS 21.04 on NVME

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And it’s a little weird. But I wanted to move my Pop! _OS installation to NVME, to take advantage of the speed and get 480GB of space. I’ll probably wipe the SSD and put FreeBSD on it or use it for storage.

Windows 11 performance

Unsurprisingly, with 32G of memory, I have plenty of room to grow.

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More memory is always better. I wanted 32G for virtual machines, but also just more room to grow. It’s nice to run at 40-50% of capacity all the time. When I’m ready to install and configure everything, I’ll see where my usual base is.

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Of course, the extra hard drive space exists – plenty of space to store applications.

Like I said, Windows 11 is lightweight, and things fix quickly. I will maintain discretion until after I use it for a few months.

Pop! _OS Performance

I do not notice a big difference on the side of Pop! _OS. It was fast and efficient before that. I only pressed against memory limitations when running virtual machines.

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But it’s nice to get a little extra.

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I’m sure that once I start pushing things, I’ll notice the NVME speed and additional memory benefits.


There is not much point in this article. I wanted to write this for two reasons:

  • To show that you can still upgrade certain laptops instead of replacing them.
  • For people who have a Lenovo E590 and are considering this upgrade.

Overall this was a great way to spend my money and maybe run four operating systems on my computer. It will be amazing for testing and versatility.

Questions? Remarks? Feel free to Shouted at me.



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