Most Lenovo laptops have a NOVO button. this is a small button, or a hole, next to Which is a curved arrow icon. Basically, this button is installed next to the power button or on the right / left side of the device.
To enter the BIOS, you must turn off the laptop and hold down the NOVO button for a few seconds. After that, a menu will appear on the screen, in which, using the up / down arrows on the keyboard, select the BIOS SETUP item and press the ENTER key.
How to enter BIOS (BIOS) on a Lenovo laptop or computer
BIOS is a system that, at the initial stage, helps the operating system understand how to boot it and what functions to activate in itself. In order to enter BIOS SETUP, on Lenovo laptops (IdeaPad, ThinkPad and IdeaCentre, ThinkCentre) there are several ways, we will analyze the main ones.
To call the BIOS, for almost all models of Lenovo laptops, immediately after turning on the power, hold down the F2 (or FnF2) key.
In rare cases, you need to use other keys, such as: F1 (or FnF1) or just the DELETE button.
This method is suitable for Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 versions.
- Press the Windows i key combination to go to the system settings;
- In this window, select the Update and Security section;
- Next, go to the System Restore tab and in the Special Boot Options item click the Restart now button, after which you will be taken to the Select Actions menu;
- Select Troubleshoot.
- Next, select the item Additional parameters
- UEFI firmware options;
- And already in the last menu, select the restart button. After that, your device will go to BIOS settings.
How to reinstall Windows on Lenovo laptop
Some Lenovo laptops are sold with a preinstalled FREE Dos123 operating system, which, to put it mildly :), is not suitable for work. Many owners of Lenovo laptops (and not only) are faced with the problem of self-installation of the operating system.
The very first problem that you may encounter is persistent loading from the Hard Disk and ignoring. Installing a disk or flash drive with an operating system distribution kit, for example, Windows XP / 7/10, into the drive. This is because the word of business is configured by the BIOS, namely the wrong boot order. We need to go into BIOS settings first. This is done at the initial stage of loading the laptop, a few seconds after turning on, before loading the FREE Dos.
The system will write that to enter the BIOS (or SETUP), you must press the DEL key or one of the buttons “F1-F12”, usually F2 (model dependent). On Lenovo G500 series models, you need to press the OneKey Recovery key when the laptop is off, and on some models, FnF2 (F12) works.
Next, we find the menu “Boot menu” and there we set the boot priority. For this we are looking for an inscription “First boot device”, go into it and select from the list that appears “CD \ DVD-Rom”. Sometimes the boot device selection list is NOT offered, then just go to the position “CD \ DVD-Rom” and move it to the very top by pressing \-.
To select a flash drive, you need to find it by the model name and also move it up. By the way, the flash drive can be found in the Hard Drive (HDD) subsection. Then we just find an exit from the SETUP program. select “SAVE ALL and EXIT”. “Yes”. Or just the “F10” button. For a one-time boot from a USB flash drive, you can not enter the BIOS, but instead press F9 and select the boot device from the menu:
For G500 series models, and in general, it is recommended to first reset all 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 are wondering if a special version of Windows is needed for a laptop, as opposed to a personal computer? Comments, 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 4GB or more. Another such moment, if a disk with drivers 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 drivers for this OS.
Next, boot from the boot disk with the operating system distribution kit and follow the instructions of the installer. The procedure will be the same as installing on a regular computer. Also reinstalling is NOT different from installing. 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 video course “How to Install Windows 7”
How to properly charge a new laptop battery?
How to properly charge a new laptop battery for maximum battery life? Modern lithium-ion batteries make rather high demands on the operating mode, however, following simple rules will significantly increase the battery life. It is important from the first day after purchase to provide the device with the correct operating mode.
Charging a new laptop battery
Charging a new laptop battery is carried out according to a special scheme: this is necessary to “train” the battery and prepare it for work, as well as to avoid too fast discharge in the first days. Immediately after purchase, the battery must be fully charged: they are usually stored in warehouses with an incomplete charge of about 60%. This is necessary for maximum preservation of battery capacity.
The battery must be installed in the laptop, then connect it to the mains without pressing the power button. The first charge lasts about 4 hours and can be seen when the indicator turns off. Then you can turn on the laptop and use it until it turns off completely. In this case, it must be disconnected from the network. Then the charging and discharging cycle is repeated once more, after which the battery can be used normally.
This “training” for the battery is further recommended to be carried out every few months. Calibration process eliminates any faults in the controller and prevents battery capacity degradation due to them.
Laptop battery guidelines
How to use a new laptop battery? To make it last as long as possible, you must follow a few simple rules:
- Do not allow the battery to be completely discharged and stored in a discharged state. The best option is to stop working with the laptop when the battery charge drops to 10-20% or more. Several weeks of storage in a discharged state will lead to the fact that the battery is completely damaged.
- Overheating and overcooling of the battery must be avoided, both of which lead to a rapid decrease in capacity. In winter, the laptop cannot be used immediately after being brought indoors from the cold.
- It is not recommended to keep the battery at 100% charge at all times in order to extend the service life. If you work with the laptop at home and use it as a stationary PC, it is recommended to disconnect the battery and store it with a charge level of approximately 60%.
- It is important to avoid shocks and mechanical damage to the battery. They can cause a short circuit and completely break the device.
|Battery temperature||Loss of capacity at medium charge 40-80% (Recommended level)||Capacity Loss at 100% Average Charge (Typical)|
|0 ° C||2% per year||6% per year|
|25 ° C||4% per year||20% per year|
|40 ° C||15% per year||35% per year|
|60 ° C||25% per year||40% in 3 months|
Installing the laptop battery
Installing a new battery in your laptop doesn’t take long. It is necessary to disconnect the device from the mains, turn it off, then turn it over and open the battery compartment cover. On old models, it is attached with screws, on new ones it closes with latches. The old battery is carefully removed, a new one is installed, after which the case is closed in the same way.
If you are purchasing NOT an original, but a compatible battery, you need to make sure that it is the same size as the original. Even a small Discrepancy will make it unusable. If you cannot find a suitable battery yourself, use professional help: our consultants will choose a battery for any laptop model, and there will be NO problems with installation.
Correct operation will provide the new battery with long-term stable use with long battery life.
When you turn on the laptop for the first time on the Windows operating system, when entering the settings, the system will ask for a username and password. It is not necessary to create a password, if you DO NOT create it, you can enter the computer without a password. If you did not create a password on first launch, you can create one if needed in the User Accounts section. You should NOT rely on your password to reliably protect against unauthorized access to the laptop; it will NOT be difficult for a specialist to quickly reset the Windows password and gain access to the system. We wrote about this on our website in the article How to reset your password on Windows. The account password will help limit access to the laptop for children and not very advanced computer users. To reliably restrict access to the laptop, you need to use more complex settings and special tools.
New Lenovo laptop first turn on
It is considered that after purchase, a new laptop or computer is ready to use. In practice This is not true, and before you start using a new laptop, you need to perform a number of steps.
Removing trial versions (trial) and unnecessary programs on a laptop
Laptop manufacturers earn extra money by installing trial versions of various programs. Antivirus programs and Microsoft office suite are often installed this way. After a while, the program stops working and starts “asks for money”, By offering to purchase the full version. If you do NOT plan to purchase these programs, it is better to uninstall them immediately. Each user has programs that he is used to using and trusts. It is better to immediately purchase and install the paid and free required software.
We often get a question: what programs need to be removed from a new laptop or computer. Typically, laptop manufacturers install a trial version of the antivirus program that stops updating and sometimes working 30-45 days after the antivirus program is launched. Many users do not know anything about this and after a while are left without anti-virus protection. If you do not plan to purchase Installed antivirus, it is better to uninstall it immediately and install one of the free antiviruses, which provides basic protection against viruses. We have an overview of free antiviruses on our website.
Many programs can be installed on a laptop, the purpose of which is not known to the user. As a rule, most of them are Trial versions and programs with limited functionality. To get information about a program, you can type its name in any search engine. After receiving information about the program, you can make a decision whether it is needed on a laptop. As a rule, the less programs are installed on the computer, the more stable it works. It is better to immediately remove everything you do not need and install the necessary. There is a danger of overdoing it, not worth uninstalling programs from the laptop manufacturer, with which you can update the drivers on the laptop. There is an opinion that it is better to immediately reinstall the operating system, and install the necessary drivers and programs from the laptop manufacturer’s website on a clean system.
Partitioning a hard drive
If your new laptop has only one partition that contains both the operating system and data, it must be split into two partitions. This can be useful later if you need to reinstall the operating system. When reinstalling the operating system, all user data on the disk on which the operating system is installed will be destroyed. If the data is placed on a different drive (after the hard drive is partitioned), it will be preserved after reinstalling the operating system. In Windos 8 and Windows 10, there are several ways to partition your hard drive.
Standard Windows tools. To open the disk management tool, press WinX, from the menu that appears, select Disk Management. Shrink your volume (with the right mouse button, click Shrink Volume) and create a new partition on the free disk space. We recommend leaving the system partition at least 100 GB.
With the help of third-party programs. For partitioning the hard drive, as well as other actions for managing the hard drive, there are many programs, both free and paid. We recommend EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition. The program is free for home use, there is Russification, the program is in English. Be very careful and careful when partitioning a hard drive. Manufacturers often create hidden partitions on the hard drive, where they place a backup of the operating system. You can accidentally delete hidden partitions and be left without a system backup. Also, if the hard drive is NOT working properly, the system areas may be deleted and Windows may NOT boot.
Installing drivers, operating system updates
All available operating system updates must be installed on the new laptop. Updates must be installed because they fix the found security problems, eliminate operational problems, and increase the stability and performance of the operating system. On the laptop manufacturer’s website in the support section for this model, you can download and install all the latest drivers and the latest BIOS version. Some laptop manufacturers install special programs that can download and install new device drivers. Windows 10 installs device drivers automatically. Manual installation may be required if the devices are NOT working correctly. Drivers can be downloaded from the device manufacturer’s website in the support section.
Our readers often send us questions: I bought a new laptop and what to do next, where to start, how to set up a new asus laptop, how to set up a new lenovo laptop, how to set up a new acer laptop, how to set up a new HP laptop. The procedure for setting up a new laptop is the same and does NOT depend on the manufacturer. It should be noted that it is more profitable to purchase a new laptop with a preinstalled operating system, rather than separately a laptop and a Windows operating system. In addition to the fact that buying a laptop without an operating system and Windows separately will cost more, you may have to use the services of a specialist in installing the operating system on a laptop.
Installing codecs for playback of all video and audio formats
A new laptop will often NOT play some video and audio formats by default. To play various video and audio formats on your computer, you need to install the K-Lite Codec Pack or install a player that supports all audio and video formats, for example VLC Media Player. On Wndows 10, this problem may NOT arise, the operating system out of the box supports many different audio and video formats. You can download the codecs and the player from the official websites of the developers.
After setting up a new computer or laptop, you can install the necessary programs on it. We have an article on our site that tells about what free programs everyone may need What programs are needed for a computer and laptop
If the computer or laptop is not working fast enough, you can read it on our website Computer or laptop slows down, what to do
Privacy and background management
Speaking of Settings, it’s also worth mentioning the Privacy applet. This environment allows you to customize several things. first of all, here you set the parameters for collecting data about the computer’s operation, and also store settings for applications that run in the background and DO NOT occupy the user’s attention.
Personally, I recommend removing unnecessary things, even though the load on the network and RAM is small, but the ruble saves a penny, as you know. And rejection of unnecessary programs is to optimize the system and extend its life.
How to work with this parameter:
- Open the “Privacy” applet.
Open the “Privacy” applet in the settings environment
Disable all parameters of the column “Windows permissions”
We clear the action log and prevent it from making entries
Open the “Background Applications” tab and forbid them to work in the background
Checking drivers for relevance
Another important component of a laptop’s performance is the availability of an up-to-date database of drivers. These software products allow for a “dialogue” between Windows and accessories connected to the motherboard. By default, almost all devices receive basic drivers during OS installation, but these utilities cannot reveal the full potential of a video card, network adapter, and so on.
Often, running a check in the Update Center checks all drivers for relevance, but based on my experience, I can say with confidence that this function sometimes works crookedly. After that, it’s better to double-check the manual update option. The most convenient way to use the built-in platform “Device Manager”.
There are several ways to open this service, the fastest is the Windows menu:
- On the keyboard, press the WinX keys, and in the drop-down list, open the “Device Manager”.
Open the “Device Manager” through the Windows menu
Right-click on the device and select “Update driver”
Select “Automatic search” to scan Microsoft servers
New laptop: what settings need to be made immediately after purchase
The acquisition of technology such as a new laptop is almost always a big event. From the moment the device became yours, it will affect you, give emotions, impressions. However, like any technology, a laptop requires a special attitude. Most of all, accuracy is needed in the software part, although one should not forget about physical security (in terms of protection from shock and dust). Immediately with the purchase of a laptop, it is necessary to correctly configure and optimize the operating system so that the device will serve as long as possible.
Installing a browser other than the standard Windows applications is almost a ritual. Ninety percent of users, instead of providing anti-virus protection, first install a program to browse the Internet, and only then do the really important things.
For the initial installation of a web browser, I recommend Google Chrome. This browser is actively used in 6 out of 10 computers in the world and is NOT in vain. The browser from the Internet giant meets all the parameters of stability, page loading speed, content display quality and opportunities for further improving functions.
- Go to the official page for downloading the browser and click “Download Chrome”.
On the browser download page, click “Download Chrome”
After downloading, run the downloaded file
Checking the operating system for updates
The first thing to do with a new laptop is to check Windows and all system components for updates:
- To do this, press the WinI key combination, then open the “Update and Security” applet.
In the “Options” menu, go to the “Update and Security” applet
Follow the link “Additional parameters”
Allowing to update Not only the system, but all its components
In the “Update Center” tab, click the “Check for Updates” button
It is possible that during the update process the laptop will have to be rebooted several times, since a lot depends on the outdated version of the system and security components. After restarting Windows, you need to re-run the verification procedure to ensure the integrity and relevance of the OS.
How to disable background programs in Windows 10. Install anti-virus protection and scan for viruses
Simultaneously with the installation of updates, you must also install at least one anti-virus program. Windows already has a built-in Defender, but this program has a number of disadvantages compared to its counterparts. The disadvantages are mainly related to performance: “Defender” consumes too much RAM and CPU resources, especially during system scans.
Scanning of systems with all antiviruses takes place in approximately the same way:
- After installation, the application icon will be in the “Icon Bar”. We open the antivirus program, and in it we go to the “Protection against viruses and threats” applet.
Open the antivirus interface through a special icon
In the protection environment, open the “Scan Settings”
Select “Full Scan” and start the process
In the case when the standard antivirus program does not suit you, it is possible to replace it, just install another defender. Now the market is overflowing with quality free programs, they are almost as good as their paid counterparts. For everyday use, I recommend one of the following programs to choose from:
- AVG AntiVirus Free;
- Avira Free Security Suite;
- Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition;
- Comodo Internet Security;
- Avast Free Antivirus;
- Kaspersky Free.
Things to do after buying a laptop
This article will tell you what to do after buying a laptop. It is better, of course, to do all this immediately after buying a laptop, but if it did not work out right away, then you can do it after a while
When you start the laptop for the first time, you must enter your name, specify the name of the laptop, select the language.
Then on the laptop it will take about 15-30 minutes to install proprietary utilities and drivers:
There will be a reboot at the end of the installation process. When installing utilities and drivers, it is recommended that you do nothing on the laptop.
First of all, you need to fully charge the laptop, and then work offline without recharging until the battery is completely discharged (the charge level is approximately 5-10%). These operations are used to calibrate the battery. They are recommended by many laptop manufacturers.
Create system recovery discs
Recovery discs are usually NOT included with Acer notebooks. It is assumed that the user will create them himself. How to create them will be described below:
Launch the proprietary utility Acer eRecovery Management, click Setup. Create a New Password and set a password, which DO NOT forget because it must be entered during automatic system recovery using eRecovery and pressing ALTF10 (as an option, you can specify it in the Hint field. a hint)
Click the Burn Disc button (Burn disc in Russian version) at the bottom of the window and get into the disc burning menu:
Here, first click on Factory Defeault Disc (Create a disk with standard factory settings in the Russian version of the program), and then on Driver Application Backup Disc (Create a disk with an archive of drivers and applications in the Russian version of the program). The first requires two DVDs, the second one DVD:
It is better to put the burned discs in a safe place (in a laptop box, for example). Let me explain why the disks are:
Two Factory Defeault Discs are used to restore Windows Vista with all the programs and drivers that came with the laptop. To restore, you need to boot from the first disk, then the installation process will begin. To boot from the disk, you need to go into the BIOS (press F2 at boot), in the Boot menu and put the IDE CD in the first position (using the F5 and F6 keys), saving the settings and exit the BIOS.
Looking ahead, I will say that for a successful recovery, there should be only TWO partitions on a laptop hard disk (Not counting hidden ones, although their presence is not necessary). C: and D:. C: must be “primary” and D:. Logical (“logical”). C: drive size. At least 20GB. When recovering from THESE disks, as well as when recovering from hidden partitions (ALTF10), ALL information from the C: drive is erased. Drive D: will remain intact.
Driver Application Backup Disc is for when Vista is installed from disc. Naturally, there are no Acer utilities, no bundled software, or even drivers for a laptop in the standard Windows Vista package. The Driver Application Backup Disc has it all. There are distributions of Acer proprietary utilities, there are software distributions, which comes with a laptop and drivers for the laptop.
Note: if you have deleted hidden partitions and Acer eRecovery does NOT want to burn discs, there is no need to despair. For example, if the laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium, then on the bottom there should be a piece of paper with the Windows serial number. If you want to have licensed Windows on your laptop, then you just need to get any disk with the Windows Vista distribution kit, start the installation and enter that code from the piece of paper on the bottom during installation. In this case, Windows will be licensed, will be activated and receive updates. You can find the drivers on this site.
Everything related to Acer eRecovery is discussed in this forum thread: Acer eRecovery technology and everything related to it
Create images of hidden sections
Having finished with the disks, you can start creating images of hidden partitions. There are one or two hidden partitions on a laptop hard drive. They serve to automatically restore the system with all drivers and programs. To restore, press the ALTF10 key combination when booting the laptop. The Acer Aspire 5920 has two hidden partitions, because in this laptop the manufacturer has implemented IOArcade technology. Launch media center without booting Vista. A hidden 3 GB partition serves for its work. The vast majority of Acer laptops have only one hidden partition. Pqservice with a volume of several gigabytes. The Acer Aspire 5920 has a capacity of 10 GB.
It is imperative to create images of hidden sections
To create images of hard drive partitions, we need Acronis True Image. The version that was used in this article can be downloaded from these links: download / download
The functionality of the demo version will be sufficient to create images. I recommend version 10, although later versions can be used.
If you were in a hurry and accidentally erased hidden sections without making their images, then perhaps here you will find links to download images
During the installation process, you will need to fill out a small questionnaire, the laptop at this time must be connected to the Internet.
Launch the program, click Try Now! (Demo still)
Choose Backup. That is, creating images of partitions:
Further as in the screenshots:
Specify what we will do disk backup:
We select only one hidden section. The hidden NTFS partition is responsible for the IOArcade technology. launching the media center without loading the OS. Some notebooks Acer did NOT implement this feature and the NTFS partition will not be available. You can skip the steps below for this section. The sizes of your partitions may differ from the ones below:
Specify the name of the hidden partition image and where to save it:
We choose to create an image of the entire section:
Choosing the default settings:
Add comments to the image. This is not necessary. You can specify the exact size of the section and its section name, for example. The exact size can be found on the last tab with the Proceed button in the Size field:
Click Next and get the following:
To start creating the image, click Proceed:
After the end, click OK:
Now we repeat the same operations for the second hidden section PQService. But this time we use maximum compression and breakdown of resentment into parts for burning to DVDs. Do not rename parts of the offense! The volume of this section for different Acer laptops may differ from the sizes in the screenshots.
Select Backup again:
Further as in the screenshots:
Select the PQService section. It is he who is responsible for automatic system recovery:
Specify the name of the image and where to save it:
We choose to create a complete image of the partition:
Choosing manual mode:
Set the maximum compression level on the Compression Level tab:
Specify how to split the partition image on the Archive Splitting tab:
You can also enable checking the partition image for errors on the Additional Settings tab:
Add comments to the image. Although it is not necessary to do this.
To start the process of creating an image, click Proceed:
After the end, we get something like this message and click OK:
In total, there should be 2-3 files on the D: drive: one image file of one partition (on some models it may not be there) and two parts of the image of the second hidden partition. Pqservice. These images MUST be burned to another computer or DVD.
Do NOT rename image files!
Disks made by the eRecovery utility and disks with disk images must be placed in a safe place (for example, in a laptop box). Only when the images of hidden partitions are made and they are burned to DVD or another computer can you start manipulating the partitions, XP settings, etc.
If you were in a hurry and accidentally erased hidden sections without making their images, then perhaps here you will find links to download images
It is recommended that you update the BIOS after purchasing your laptop. I warn you right away that this procedure is quite dangerous and requires certain knowledge. If in doubt, it is better to refuse to update the BIOS.
First, download the BIOS archive from the Acer website. The archive contains everything you need to update the BIOS, as well as instructions (it is usually in the Readme.Txt or install file). Also, the archive may contain a text file describing the changes in this BIOS version.
There are two ways to update the BIOS:
1) from Windows. In this case, the program that updates the BIOS is launched from under Windows. This method is simple, but there is a small chance that the system will freeze during the update and, even worse, the firmware will be damaged. Then you will have to restore the BIOS using a Crysis flash drive. How to do it is described in this material: Laptop FAQ
2) from under DOS. This method is considered more reliable, but you first need to create a bootable DOS USB flash drive, and then copy the firmware file and the flasher itself onto it. The procedure for flashing from under DOS is usually well described in the flashing instructions. How to create such a USB flash drive is described in this article: Creating a bootable USB flash drive with DOS
Let’s consider an example of Windows firmware for Acer Aspire 5920 laptop. The procedure for flashing your laptop model may vary significantly.
Questions about updating the BIOS are expressed in this forum thread: BIOS and everything related to it. Before that, it’s worth reading the topic. The most common update errors are well described there.
So. Let’s start. Download the Phoenix BIOS update program from here: download / download, it should also be in the BIOS archive.
Download the version for 64-bit OS from this link: download / download
Then we unpack the contents into a folder, unpack the file with the firmware xxxxxxxx.WPH into the same folder and run SwinFlash.Exe from the folder where the BIOS was unpacking:
In the lower window, specify the path to the firmware file, and in the upper one. Specify the name under Which to save the current BIOS
Before flashing, you must close all other programs, the laptop must be powered from the mains and the battery must be charged.
Click on the Flash BIOS button. After a couple of minutes, the BIOS will be flashed and the laptop must be rebooted.
Note: BIOS update procedure is individual for each laptop and may differ from model to model. If the flashing procedure fails, you can always revive the laptop using the Crysis disc. What and how to do can be found in this forum thread: BIOS and everything related to it
If after reading this material you still have questions, then we express them on our forum. I rarely reply to comments.
Best regards, the author of the material. Tonievich Andrey. The publication of this material is permitted only with reference to the source and with an indication of the author.
Edited by: FuzzyL. 15 September 2013
Reason: Material version 2.0