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Lenovo BIOS setup utility boot from flash drive

Lenovo boot from flash drive

Almost all laptop models available today do not ship with a built-in CD / DVD drive. Lenovo laptops are no exception. A bootable USB drive in this case is a useful tool for diagnosing and restoring the operating system or for installing a new OS.

There are several ways to boot Lenovo laptops from a bootable USB drive.

Lenovo S920 smartphone, characteristics of the fast IdeaPhone

Another interesting solution from Lenovo. the Lenovo IdeaPhone S920 smartphone.

Enter Lenovo G50-80 Bios Setup & Enable USB Legacy Mode. Install Windows 7/8/10

  • screen: IPS 5.3 ″, 16 million colors, 1280 × 720, touch, capacitive, multitouch;
  • processor: 4-core MTK 6589, 1.2 GHz, PowerVR Series5XT video;
  • memory: 1 GB RAM, 4 GB built-in 32 GB microSDHC, microSD;
  • phone type: candy bar, 159 g, 154 × 77.7 × 7.9 mm;
  • phone charging connector: micro-USB;
  • communication type: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G;
  • navigation: GPS, A-GPS;
  • interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB;
  • platform: Andro IdeaPhone S920 boasts two SIM cards, but it is equipped with one radio module, which, for example, does not allow him to download a file on the Internet during a telephone conversation.

The image quality of the S920 is very good, but ideaDesktop does not shine with its design. The battery allows the smartphone to work intensively for a day on a single charge, which is a very good indicator. The speaker of the phone is of high quality and loud.

Lenovo IdeaPhone S920 is not an absolute bestseller, but it is a good choice if you buy an all-in-one device, which is emphasized by its good camera, long battery life and the phone has 2 SIM cards.

Every novice user should understand that the BIOS software is the system by which the basic settings for the fast and functional operation of the laptop are set. And therefore, changing them, you must clearly understand what exactly you are doing. It is better for unsure users to consult with a specialist or entrust him with testing a laptop.

For Windows 8 / 8.1

  • Move the mouse pointer to the upper or lower right corner of the display, and move the mouse up or down. The “Charm” panel will appear where you need to click on “Options” (gear icon).

How to enter BIOS in Lenovo laptops

The BIOS is a very important computer program written on the chip on the motherboard. It allows the user to change the settings of the software and system software, making them low-level, provides assistance in repairs, and acts as a regulator in the operation of the motherboard. The first thing the wizard does when a computer or laptop breaks down is to enter the BIOS. In 80% of a hundred, it is from there that he receives information about the causes of a system malfunction.

For Windows 10

The last steps are the same for Windows 8 / 8.1 and 10:

    You need to wait a little before entering UEFI mode and displaying additional settings on the screen, where you need to go to the “Use device” menu.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for booting a Lenovo laptop from a USB drive, and each option offers its own solution, which is most suitable for the user in a particular case.

Read more detailed information with instructions in our new article. “How to boot a computer from a USB flash drive”.

Booting Lenovo laptop from USB flash drive via BIOS

Most often, this operation is performed by specialists in order to cure a laptop from viruses. Various software is written to removable media, but it is usually not so easy to boot from it. The problem is that all the latest Lenovo laptop models from the 2013 release have UEFI BIOS software that has Secure Boot certified security keys. They allow you to boot a laptop only when using a licensed Windows 8 installation disc.

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In order to boot from the media in such a BIOS, you must disable Secure Boot in it by following these steps:

  • Immediately after turning on the laptop, press two Fn F2 keys on the keyboard or use the BIOS entry through the Novo Button.
  • After entering the “InsydeH20 Setup Utility” (as a rule, in all the latest Lenovo models it is installed), go to the “Security” section.
  • Then select “Disabled” in the “Secure Boot” item, thereby disabling the security protocol.
  • In the appropriate section “Boot” change the installed parameter “UEFI” to “Legacy Support”.
  • Save your changes by going to the “Exit” section and selecting the “Exit Saving Changes” option. From the options offered by the computer, select “Yes” and wait until the reboot occurs.
  • We insert the removable media into a free USB-input and again get into the BIOS by pressing the keys necessary for this Lenovo model.
  • In the “Boot” section, we see the appeared USB flash drive. As a rule, it is registered in the menu as a USB HDD. By simultaneously pressing the Fn F6 keys, we determine the media as the first in the list of devices to boot the system.
  • We repeat the actions described in paragraph 5.

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After all the steps taken, the laptop will start the next boot from the USB flash drive.

Please note that for some Lenovo models, disabling just one Secure Boot setting may not be sufficient. You may need to enable Compatibility Mode to boot the system from removable media.

In various models, it can be called as CSM OS, CSM Boot, Legacy BIOS, UEFI and Legacy OS, or simply CSM.

BIOS Features in Lenovo Laptops

Since the main task of the BIOS software is to test the laptop, the program itself is displayed on the monitor in the form of a table, divided into a number of additional tabs. They inform the user about the configuration of the laptop, show the main technical characteristics of this model, make it possible to boot and configure the security system. On the screen, all these sections are displayed as “Information”, “Configuration”, “Boot”, “Security”, “Exit”.

Pay attention to an important detail. When moving into the BIOS, the mouse connected to the laptop stops working, therefore, while in the software menu, navigation is carried out using the arrow buttons. It must be remembered that in all configurations, without exception, the changed settings begin to work only after they are saved and the laptop is rebooted.

Remember that the BIOS, like any other software, requires regular updates. Do not use dubious sites and blogs for downloading. All products installed in Lenovo laptops can be downloaded and updated from the manufacturer’s official website. And it is preferable to do this on the same computer where you are going to change the software. You can find out the BIOS version by going through the POST procedure when pressing the Pause / Break key.

Changing boot order in UEFI BIOS

On modern motherboards, the BIOS interface, or more precisely, the UEFI software, is usually graphical and, perhaps, more understandable in terms of changing the order of boot devices.

In most variants, for example, on Gigabyte (not all) or Asus motherboards, you can change the boot order by simply dragging and dropping the disk images with the mouse.

If this is not possible, look in the BIOS Features section, in the Boot Options item (the last item may be located in a different place, but the boot order is set there).

Boot from USB without entering BIOS (Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 with UEFI only)

If your computer has one of the latest versions of Windows installed, and the motherboard has UEFI software, then you can boot from a USB flash drive without even entering the BIOS settings.

To do this: go to settings. change computer settings (through the panel on the right in Windows 8 and 8.1), then open “Update and Recovery”. “Recovery” and click the “Restart” button in the “Special boot options”.

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On the Select Action screen that appears, select Use Device. USB device, network connection or DVD “.

On the next screen, you will see a list of devices from which you can boot, among which there should be your flash drive. If suddenly it is not there. click “View other devices”. After selection, the computer will reboot from the USB drive you specified.

Booting from a USB flash drive to BIOS

When installing Windows from a USB flash drive, you need to boot the computer from a CD, and in many other cases, you need to configure the BIOS so that the computer boots from the desired media. This article will discuss how to set boot from a USB flash drive to BIOS. Also useful: How to put boot from DVD and CD in BIOS.

Update 2016: The guide added ways to put boot from USB to UEFI and BIOS on new computers with Windows 8, 8.1 (which will work for Windows 10 as well). In addition, two methods have been added to boot from a USB drive without changing the BIOS settings. Options for changing the order of boot devices for older motherboards are also present in the instructions. And one more important point: if booting from a USB flash drive on a computer with UEFI does not work, try disabling Secure Boot.

Note: The end also describes what to do if you are unable to enter BIOS or UEFI software on modern PCs and laptops. To learn how to create bootable USB sticks, you can read about Honor here:

Configuring boot from a flash drive in AMI BIOS

Please note that in order to perform all the described actions, the flash drive must be connected to the computer in advance, before entering the BIOS. To set boot from a USB flash drive to AMI BIOS:

  • From the top menu, press the right key to select Boot.
  • After that, select the item “Hard Disk Drives” and in the menu that appears, press Enter on “1st Drive”
  • In the list, select the name of the flash drive. in the second picture, for example, this is Kingmax USB 2.0 Flash Disk. Press Enter, then Esc.
  • Select “Boot device priority”,
  • Select “First boot device”, press Enter,
  • Again, specify the USB stick.

If you need to boot from a CD, then we indicate the DVD-ROM drive. Press Esc, in the menu above from the Boot item, move to the Exit item and select “Save changes and exit” or “Exit saving changes”. when asked if you are sure that you want to save the changes made, you will need to select Yes or type “Y” from the keyboard, then press Enter. After that, the computer will reboot and start using the flash drive, disk or other device of your choice for loading.

Booting from a USB flash drive to BIOS AWARD or Phoenix

In order to select a device to boot into the Award BIOS, in the main settings menu, select “Advanced BIOS Features”, then with the First Boot Device selected, press Enter.

A list of devices from which you can boot will appear. HDD-0, HDD-1, etc., CD-ROM, USB-HDD and others. To boot from a USB flash drive, you need to install a USB-HDD or USB-Flash. For booting from a DVD or CD. CD. ROM. After that, go up one level by pressing Esc, and select the “Save Exit Setup” menu item.

Using the Boot Menu to boot from a USB flash drive

In most cases, installing a boot from a USB flash drive in the BIOS is required for some one-time task: installing Windows, checking the computer for viruses using the LiveCD, resetting the Windows password.

In all these cases, it is not necessary to change the BIOS or UEFI settings, it is enough to call the Boot Menu (boot menu) when you turn on the computer and once select the USB flash drive as the boot device.

For example, when installing Windows, you press the desired key, select the connected USB drive with the system distribution kit, start the installation. configuration, copying files, etc., and after the first reboot, the computer will boot itself from the hard drive and continue the installation process as usual. mode.

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I wrote in great detail about entering this menu on laptops and computers of various brands in the article How to enter the Boot Menu (there is also a video instruction there).

Configuring boot from external media in H2O BIOS

To boot from a USB flash drive into the InsydeH20 BIOS, which is found on many laptops, in the main menu, use the “right” key to go to the “Boot” item. Set External Device Boot to Enabled. Below, in the Boot Priority section, use the F5 and F6 keys to set the External Device to the first position. If you need to boot from DVD or CD, select Internal Optic Disc Drive.

Then go to Exit in the top menu and select “Save and Exit Setup”. The computer will reboot from the correct media.

How to boot a Lenovo laptop from a USB flash drive?

How to enter BIOS on Lenovo laptop and boot from USB stick to UEFI BIOS

The other day they brought me a laptop Lenovo IdeaPad B5030 with Windows 8 installed. It was necessary to cure it of viruses. I inserted a USB flash drive with special antivirus software into it and tried to boot from it. It turned out to be not as easy as you think.
The fact is that this laptop, like most other modern laptops (released in 2013, 2014 and later) has a UEFI BIOS. And in order to set up a boot from a USB flash drive in such a BIOS, you need to strain a little

You won’t be able to boot a laptop with UEFI BIOS just like that from a USB flash drive, since it has special protection. the Secure Boot protocol, which is based on special certified keys (available only for Windows 8). Secure Boot will not allow your laptop to boot from any boot disk or flash drive, except for the Windows 8 installation disk. Therefore, to boot a laptop from a USB flash drive, you must first disable this Secure Boot protocol in your laptop BIOS.

But even that is not all: as a rule, it is not enough to disable only one Secure Boot in the UEFI interface. It is also necessary to enable “compatibility with other operating systems”. It is called differently in different laptops: “CSM”, “CSM Boot”, “UEFI and Legacy OS”, “Legacy BIOS”, “CSM OS”. In Lenovo laptops it is called “Legacy Support”.

So, here’s how I booted a Lenovo laptop from a USB flash drive:

To get into the BIOS of a Lenovo laptop, immediately after turning it on, hold down two keys on the keyboard: FnF2:

Before us will open BIOS InsydeH20 Setup Utility, typical for most modern laptops (Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba).

Using the arrows on the keyboard, go to the Security section. Here we go down to the Secure Boot item and set it to the Disabled position:

Next, go to the Boot section. Here, opposite the Boot Mode item, UEFI will be displayed: We are changing it to Legacy Support.
Here (under it), opposite the Boot Priority item, Legacy First is automatically set.

And now we leave from here, saving the changes made. To do this, go to the Exit section. Press Enter to select the Exit Saving Changes item. then click Yes:

Now we need to set the boot of the laptop from the flash drive. We insert our bootable USB flash drive into its free USB connector. We go back into the BIOS (holding down the FnF2 keys).

Go to the Boot section. Our flash drive will appear here (USB HDD item):

Using the FnF6 keys, we raise it to the first place in the list of boot devices:

All! After that, the laptop will already boot from the flash drive.

An important addition: if you were able to boot from the flash drive after that, but you cannot install Windows from it, because an error occurs: “It is impossible to install Windows on this disk. The selected disk has a GPT partition style “, then read my next article.