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windows 10 18.03 breaks lenovo thinkpad display brightness and then bricks notebook @microsoftuk pls fix asap #fail

windows 10 18.03 (1803) update breaks lenovo thinkpad display brightness controls and then bricks notebook @microsoftuk pls fix asap

after updating to windows 10 18.03 (1803) on a lenovo thinkpad t410

  • display brightness controls no longer work
  • if you click reset your security processor (clear TPM) notebook is bricked and never reboots

workarounds

  • DO NOT upgrade to windows 10 18.03
  • turn nightlight settings on to reduce display brightness
  • DO NOT click on reset your security processor
  • if you do then factory reset your BIOS and completely disable intel amt

windows 10 18.03 bricks thinkpad t410

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intel processor identification, diagnostic and firmware microcode update tools

intel processor identification, diagnostic and firmware update tools

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hp elitebook bios settings password override and reset

if you dont know your hp elitebook bios password there is a way override it without needing to reset it

if the VT , VT for direct I/O, HT options are disabled in your hp elitebook bios you can still change them by downloading hp performance advisor !

inside hp performance advisor there are then some options that let you change your bios settings without any bios password

hp preformance advisor

accessing #windows10 #uefi #bios settings now takes 10 mouse clicks

In windows 10 your uefi bios settings are no longer accessed via ESC,F1, F2, F10 or F12 instead you need to boot into windows 10 first then click

  • windows start (yes its back ! yay!)
  • settings
  • update & security
  • recovery
  • advanced start up | restart now
  • troubleshoot
  • advanced options
  • uefi firmware settings
  • restart

once you have done all this you should see the UEFI BIOS screen you used to get when pressing F1 etc

howto install WXP SP2 on a SATA HDD thanks to @morgancomputers

You can only install windows xp service pack 2 (wxp sp2) on a SATA HDD if your BIOS lets you change HDD mode to SATA Compatability from SATA AHCI.

If you BIOS doesnt let you do this you have have to use a windows xp service pack 3 (wxp sp3) dvd instead  which does support SATA AHCI.

After installing wxp sp2 you can then go back into the BIOS and change the HDD mode back to SATA AHCI

Many thanks to @morgancomputers tech support for explaining this all to me