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lenovo thinkpad (inc X220, X230) BIOS setup problems and BIOS update #sysadmin

lenovo thinkpad (inc X220, X230) BIOS setup problems and BIOS update #sysadmin

having problems getting into the BIOS !

options to try (after pressing power button or while pressing power button)

  • F1
  • F2
  • F12
  • ENTER key
  • ESC key
  • ThinkPad key
  • removing PSU then rebooting
  • or someone has even suggested (for windows 10 UEFI only) “C:> shutdown /fw /r /t 10”

lenovo system update for thinkpad is now available for windows 7 and windows 10

NOTE : despite what the online docs say the windows store windows 10 lenovo vantage app does NOT detect same updates as the native windows 7 & 10 lenovo system update app


lenovo thinkpad X220 system update does not detect old bios

the lenovo thinkpad X220 system update app does not detect old BIOS versions so you will need to manually go to


to download and install the latest BIOS

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 2011 BIOS 1.26
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 2018 BIOS 1.46

The @DELL Windows 10 recovery media No Bootable Device error #windows10 #bios #uefi #fail

According to

if you get the error

No Bootable Device error when booting to Dell Windows 10 media

it is because all Dell Windows 10 recovery media (Win10 recovery DVD [Clean install only from DVD] or WIN10 recovery USB key) require the system BIOS to be configured in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode.

There will be no changes made to the Dell Windows 10 recovery media because, as by Microsoft design, Windows 10 is intended to be used in the UEFI mode configuration.

but that CANT be true ? i am sure i have a Lenovo Thinkpad that only has BIOS (not UEFI) that works fine with Windows 10 !

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


  • 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

intel processor identification, diagnostic and firmware microcode update tools

intel processor identification, diagnostic and firmware update tools

2017 firmware microcode

2018 firmware microcode


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