Windows 8.1 and Lenovo preloaded image - update to be available?

Hi,
I work for an organisation that buys a fair few  Lenovo machines. We get them with whatever OS they are bundled with at the time and then install our own image. However, recent Lenovo machines seem to have had significant optimisations which can't be reinstated if you do a clean install, so we have been using the preloaded OS image as a base an deploying our applications on top.
Windows 8.1 looks like it may become suitable for wider use here, so I am wondering if an optimized Windows 8.1 preload will start to ship with Lenovo machines soon? And if the preload image might be available for customers who have a Windows 8 machine, to allow for a clean install without losing all the optimisations, so that we don't have to wait for the first Win8.1 machine to be delivered.
Thanks,
Richard

I think it's safe to say you'll start seeing Windows 8.1 preloaded system from Lenovo as soon as Windows 8.1 becomes generally available.  And I think Microsoft has said this will happen sometime in October.
However Lenovo will not provide Windows 8.1 preloads for existing systems such as T430, W530, X230, etc.  These systems will soon go end-of-life with the coming Haswell refresh.  The Haswell systems will get Windows 8.1 preloads, but existing Ivy Bridge systems will not.
Having said that, I really don't understand what you mean about "significant optimisations which can't be reinstated if you do a clean install".  Off the top of my head I can't think of anything that is preloaded that isn't available for download on our support website, except for some 3rd-party trial software like Norton, MS Office, and Absolute.  Is there anything specific that you need help with recreating/reinstalling in your own image?

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