A Lenovo laptop buyer can have one of three operating systems: Free Dos, Linux, or Windows limited in functionality.
Typically, this situation does not satisfy the user, and he installs a full and familiar version of Windows. You can cope with the task on your own, eliminating the need to attract third-party computer engineers and avoiding unnecessary costs.
How to do this, you will learn during the study of the information below. The instruction is relevant for modern versions of Windows. Reinstalling from installing from scratch is different in that in the first case, at the appropriate stage of work, it is strongly recommended that you format the hard disk partitions in order to avoid confusion and performance degradation in the future.
BIOS setup on Lenovo
After completing the preparations for the laptop for sale, it is configured to boot from the hard drive. The main problem with installing the OS on Lenovo is the included protection in the BIOS. Your task is to configure the BIOS to disable startup from the hard drive and boot from a CD or flash drive.
First, turn off the laptop, if it is turned on, and do the following:
press the power button;
we wait 1-2 seconds (until the start-up screen appears on the display. the inscription LENOVO on a black background), after which we press the key on the keyboard several times to enter the BIOS menu. In modern Lenovo laptop models, the same keys are responsible for entering the BIOS: the F2 button opens the service menu directly, the F12 button opens the boot device selection section.
The Delete button or a combination of Fn and keys from the “F” group may also work. it is specified for a specific model and is usually determined experimentally;
learning navigation (information is shown at the bottom of the display). The task is as follows: open the Security (Secure) section, from there go to the Secure Boot category and press the Enter key;
set Secure Boot to Disabled mode, i.e. disable protection;
press the Esc key to return to the BIOS main menu. From there we move to the Boot (Startup) section;
in the Boot section, the task is to configure the boot of the laptop from a compact disk (CDROM) or flash drive. To do this, move the appropriate option to the top of the list. Typically, the /. keyboard buttons are used to change positions, but, depending on the specific version, there may be differences. Specify this point in the navigation information (shown at the bottom of the BIOS setup menu);
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press Esc, find the UEFI / Legacy Boot item and set it to Legacy Only mode (in some cases, you have to perform this action before performing the manipulations from the previous item, check individually). Press the F10 button and confirm the desire to save the changes by pressing Enter.
Preparing a distribution kit to install Windows on Lenovo
It is assumed that you have the original drive with the Windows operating system. In this case, just insert the disk into the drive, restart the laptop and follow the further instructions of the bootloader.
But if you have to install the operating system from a flash drive or if the original disk is lost, you will have to make a boot image yourself. There is nothing complicated about it. Pre-download / save the desired version of Windows to a working computer and proceed.
To create a bootable flash drive, do the following:
- Download the UltraISO program from the official website. If you wish, use another program with the same functionality. the procedure will remain identical. UltraISO is the most popular and convenient option;
- waiting for the package to load, run the installation file and follow the recommendations of the bootloader;
- we click on the shortcut of the installed program with the right mouse button and start the software as administrator, selecting the appropriate item, or you can start the ISO image directly;
in the program menu that opens, click the “File” button, then. “Open”;
Find the previously saved image of the operating system, select and open the “Self-loading” section. There we select the option “Burn hard disk image”;
the program will open a popup window. We make sure that the removable drive is correctly identified. If an error is detected, make the appropriate changes.
Then we need to do the following:
press the “Record” button. In the “Help” window that opens, the program will prompt us to delete everything from the USB flash drive. We do it. We are waiting for the completion of creating a bootable USB flash drive.
BIOS configured, boot device prepared. We proceed directly to the installation of Windows. To do this, insert a disk or flash drive into the laptop and reboot the device. The laptop itself will “understand” how it needs to boot. As a rule, no additional action is required by the user. Some models “ask” to press any key to boot from a removable drive. we do this.
We wait while Windows unpacks the files, and then select “Full installation”.
Further events can develop in 2 scenarios:
- if the hard disk is initially partitioned and the file system is formatted in NTFS, proceed to further installation;
- if the system is CDA, first delete the hard drive partitions. To do this, click the “Disk Settings” button and delete the partitions one by one.
Here we can divide the free space into several sections. To do this, click the “Create” button, specify the desired size (better for the system from 30. 60 GB) and confirm your actions. We repeat until we allocate all the available space on the hard drive.
Select the section reserved for installing the operating system, and click on install. There will be no further features requiring a detailed individual review. You need to follow the instructions of the installer.
Common Windows Installation Issues
The most common among users are two typical errors, the admission of which in the process of preparing for the installation of Windows can make the successful holding of an upcoming event impossible.
Firstly, the wrong format selection at the stage of formatting a flash drive.
Secondly, using the wrong boot image. Windows installation disks fall into two categories:
- boot. designed for a “clean” installation of the operating system;
- not bootable. they are mainly used to solve various problems and work only from under the Windows interface.
Thus, in self-installing Windows on Lenovo there is nothing super complicated: you just need to follow the appropriate recommendations in sequence. Follow the provisions of the learned manual, be careful at every stage, and everything will work out.