Install Windows 10 on Lenovo
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 to format the hard disk partitions in order to avoid confusion and performance degradation in the future.
BIOS setup on Lenovo
After preparing 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 notebook 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);
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 similar 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”;
We find the previously saved operating system image, select and open the “Self-loading” section. There we select the item “Burn the image of the hard disk”;
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:
Click 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 user action is required. 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 drive is initially partitioned and the file system is formatted in NTFS, proceed to further installation;
- If the system is CDA, first delete the hard disk 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, there is nothing super complicated in installing Windows on your own on Lenovo: 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.
Some Lenovo laptops are sold with the free Dos123 free operating system preinstalled, which, to put it mildly :), is not suitable for work. Many owners of Lenovo laptops (and not only) are faced with the problem of installing the operating system on their own.
The first problem that you may encounter is persistent booting from the hard drive and ignoring the drive or flash drive with the operating system distribution kit, for example Windows XP / 7/10, inserted into the drive. This is because the BIOS is not configured correctly, namely, the boot order is set incorrectly. First we need to enter the BIOS setup. This is done at the initial stage of loading the laptop, a few seconds after switching on, before loading FREE Dos.
The system will write that to enter the BIOS (or SETUP) you must press the DEL key or one of the “F1-F12” buttons, usually F2 (depending on the model). On models of the Lenovo G500 series, you need to press the OneKey Recovery key with the laptop turned off, and on some models FnF2 (F12) is triggered.
Next we find the “Boot menu” menu and set the boot priority there. To do this, look for the inscription “First boot device”, go into it and select “CD \ DVD-Rom” from the list that appears. Sometimes the boot device selection list is not offered, then just go to the “CD \ DVD-Rom” position and move it to the very top by pressing the \. Keys.
To select a flash drive, you need to find it by the name of the model and also move it up. By the way, a flash drive can be in the subsection of hard drives (Hard Drive, HDD). Then we just find the exit from the SETUP program. Select “SAVE ALL and EXIT”. “Yes.” Or just the F10 button. For a one-time boot from a flash drive, you can not go into the BIOS, but instead press F9 and select the boot device from the menu:
For models of the G500 series, and indeed, it is recommended that you first reset all the default settings (“Load Defaults”) and only then set the desired boot priority. Also check that on the “Startup” tab the value “UEFI / Legacy Boot” is in the “Legacy Only” state, otherwise the installer may not start.
Some people wonder if some special version of Windows for a laptop is needed, unlike a personal computer? No, Windows is one for everyone, it is only important to choose the right version: XP or Seven / 10, depending on the configuration of your laptop or candy bar.
To install Windows 7/10, in most cases, it will be enough to know that you have at least two gigabytes of RAM, and for x64 versions you need from 4 GB. Another such moment, if a driver disk for Windows 7/10 was supplied with the laptop, and you, for any reason, need to install Windows XP, then before installing it you will have to download all the drivers for this OS.
Next, we boot from the boot disk with the operating system distribution kit and follow the instructions of the installation wizard. The procedure will not differ from the installation on a regular computer. Also, reinstallation is no different from installation. Only at the stage of selecting the target disk, you need to format it, i.E. Erase old data. For more information, see my free course “How to Install Windows 7″
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