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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

notebook refurbs

notebook refurbs (lenovo thinkpad T410, T420, X220, X250)

even more from mycheaplaptop

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 !

Lenovo Thinkpad X201i v Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

Lenovo Thinkpad X201i v Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

Lenovo Thinkpad X201i

  • Round 20V power connector
  • FN then CTRL
  • BIOS access via blue ThinkVantage button above keyboard

Lenovo Lenovo G50-30

  • Square 20V power connector
  • CTRL then FN
  • BIOS access via black Novo button on left hand side