If you haven’t heard the news yet, Lenovo’s ThinkVantage System Update service has been discontinued. You will no longer be able to automatically download updates specifically for your system. Instead, users will have to go to the Lenovo support website on their own and download the files they need. Verbatim from their support website:
Lenovo is changing the way customers obtain updates for their PCs and Servers.
For our PC customers, automatic updates via ThinkVantage System Update (TVSU) are being discontinued. Customers can continue to download updates by accessing the Lenovo support site at Lenovo Support & downloads. Lenovo is pursuing alternative solutions for system updates and future offerings will be communicated through the new Lenovo Message Center Plus.
This will make updating for most users very trying if they want to stay up to date, as comparing driver versions manually is a chore. Can anyone suggest a utility that makes it easy to view all of your system driver versions? I know the old Software Installer used to do this, but they killed that one a while ago too.
The easiest way to take a look at the latest drivers for a particular model are the Driver Matrices. Just like it sounds, they are matrixes of drivers for each individual make and model of computer from Lenovo/IBM. I have noticed that sometimes not every driver is listed in the matrix, so you may need to go back to the main support page and enter your MTM to get a fully comprehensive, if difficult to assimilate, list of drivers.
One person is so disillusioned he started an online petition for Lenovo to bring it back. You can sign up here if you want to fight the good fight.
Finally, hit the links below for various forum discussions on this topic, including Lenovo’s own official forum.