Booting a Lenovo laptop from a USB flash drive through BIOS
Most often this operation is carried out by specialists to cure the laptop from viruses. Various software is written to a removable drive, but it is usually not so easy to boot from it. The problem is that all recent Lenovo laptops from the 2013 release have UEFI BIOS software with certified Secure Boot security keys. They allow you to boot your laptop only if you use a licensed installation disc Windows 8.
To boot from the media in such a BIOS, disable Secure Boot in it, following the steps below:
How to open BIOS in a Lenovo Laptop
- Immediately after powering on the laptop, press the two Fn F2 keys on the keyboard, or use the Novo Button to enter BIOS.
- Entering InsydeH20 Setup Utility (as a rule, all the latest Lenovo models have it), go to the Security section.
- Set the Secure Boot option to Disabled, thus disabling the security protocol.
- In the corresponding Boot section change the set UEFI parameter to Legacy Support.
- Save the changes you made. Go to Exit and choose the Exit Saving Changes option. Choose Yes from the offered options and wait for the computer to reboot.
- Insert the removable drive into a free USB input and go back to BIOS by pressing the buttons necessary for the particular Lenovo model.
- In the Boot section, we see the USB flash drive that appears. It will usually be listed in the menu as a USB HDD. Pressing the Fn F6 key simultaneously defines the media as the first one in the list of devices to boot the system.
- Repeat the steps in step 5.
Following these steps, the notebook will next boot from the USB stick.
Please note, however, that disabling the Secure Boot option alone may not be sufficient for some Lenovo models. You may need to enable compatibility mode to boot the system from removable media.
In various models it may be called as CSM OS, CSM Boot, Legacy BIOS, UEFI and Legacy OS or simply CSM.
BIOS capabilities in Lenovo laptops
As the main task of the BIOS software is to test the laptop, the program itself is displayed 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 basic technical characteristics of this model, allow you to boot and configure the security system. The screen shows all these sections as Information, Configuration, Boot, Security, Exit.
Pay attention to an important detail. When moving in the BIOS the mouse connected to the laptop stops working, so while in the software menu navigation is carried out with the help of buttons with pointers. It is important to note that in all configurations, without exception, changed settings will take effect only after you save them and reboot the notebook.
Keep in mind that BIOS, like any other software, requires regular updates. Do not use questionable websites and blogs for downloading. All notebook products installed in Lenovo laptops can be downloaded and updated from the manufacturer’s official web site. And it is better to do it on the same computer where you are going to change the software. BIOS version can be checked by POST procedure with pressing Pause/Break key.
How to enter BIOS in Lenovo laptop from the Windows 8 operating system.1
This way of entering is not as widespread as the previous ones, but nevertheless it is successfully used by both ordinary users and programmers. It is suggested by specialists for those cases when the notebook keyboard or BIOS entry keys are defective. Let’s see how to enter BIOS in this case.
Logging into the program requires the following steps:
- Boot your laptop with Windows 8 operating system already installed.1.
- Select the mouse pointer Preferences in the lower right corner of Win 8.1.
- Go to Change User Settings and select Update and Restore.
- Select Restore. Special Boot Options with the mouse pointer.
- Then you need to reboot the system by selecting Reboot Now.
- You will see the Diagnostics tab. Here you need to select the UEFI firmware options.
- Restart your notebook again.
Following these steps you will enter the BIOS. Note that this is only available for Lenovo laptops with Windows 8.1.
How to enter the BIOS of a Lenovo laptop?
I always try to write articles only after I have checked everything myself. Recently I often had to configure Lenovo laptops. Install Windows, check the system from the boot disk, change some parameters, etc. д. And accordingly, almost always had to enter the BIOS of laptops Lenovo. Here I decided to write a little instruction, which will show in detail the process of entering the BIOS laptops this popular manufacturer.
A regular user, logging into the BIOS is most often needed during the installation of the operating system, or during the booting of the laptop from a boot disk or USB flash drive. Also there you can change many different parameters, reset to default settings, see the characteristics of the laptop, the model, BIOS version, etc. д.
Let me tell you a little secret. You do not need to enter BIOS to boot from a flash drive or a disk. You can use the Boot Menu. Even better. On Lenovo laptops this menu can often be opened by pressing F12 when you turn on the laptop. information on this topic you can find in the article Enter Boot Menu on a Notebook and PC.
If you are going to install the operating system on a laptop, you may also be useful article how to install Windows 10 on a laptop. Very detailed manual.
As well as in laptops from other manufacturers to open the BIOS laptop Lenovo, just press a special key (or combination of keys) on your keyboard. Or use the special arrow button that is on almost all Lenovo laptops. It can be on the front panel, or on the side (in the form of a hole, recessed into the case). We will consider both options.
BIOS intEase, as a rule, is a kind of a text table, which can be navigated by keys on the keyboard. BIOS setup of almost any devices allows you to set the frequency of operation of hardware components connected to the personal computer, as well as their operating parameters, change the configuration of power supply mode, power-on order, and much more. Among other things it allows you to select the source of the operating system to boot from, and also the operating system itself if more than one is installed.
Almost every modern PC or notebook user may encounter the need to enter the BIOS. This may be necessary to configure any specific settings, to carry out diagnostics of the devices connected to the computer, or to enable (disable) various hardware components. Basically learn how to open and enter BIOS. it is not difficult, but some users may have a problem with the fact that the laptop simply refused to start BIOS standard, familiar methods. What to do in this situation?
The thing is that on some models of laptops, such as from Lenovo, logging into the BIOS panel is carried out not quite standard ways, which we will talk about in this article. After reading it to the end, you can easily open the BIOS on any laptop, including those made by Lenovo, and even learn how you can re-install the BIOS yourself.
Ways to enter the BIOS [Lenovo]
1) Standard login hotkeys
On the vast majority of laptops of this brand. should work the F2 or F1 button (press it right after you turn on the laptop. Models: ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation).
Some models may require you to press the FnF2 key combination (for instance the G50).
Addendum. F12 key (FnF12. enter Boot Menu) to enter BIOS is quite rare (Lenovo b590 model). I also recommend to try.
2) A special recovery button “with an arrow”
Some Lenovo laptops have special buttons on the side of the device to enter the BIOS. We are talking, for example, these: g505, v580c, b50, b560, g50, g500, g505s, g570, g570e, g580, g700, z500, z580, Z50, B70, etc.
They may not react at all to your pressing the F2 button when you turn them on. To enter BIOS, in this case you must use the special Recovery button (with an arrow). Press it instead of the power button (t.е. when the notebook is turned off).
The Recovery button is located on the casing of the device, next to the power button (on some models this button is on the side).
Lenovo G700. button to enter the device settings (including BIOS)
Lenovo B70. the button to enter the BIOS is next to the power input. A pencil or pen is a good way to press
After you press this “arrow” button the notebook will turn on and you will see a small service menu (usually consists of several items): Normal startup, BIOS Setup, Boot Menu (to boot from USB stick without changing the boot sequence), etc.
Once you select BIOS Setup. you will go to the most common BIOS settings (as in other laptops) and can set the necessary options.
If you have a blue ThinkVantage button on the casing of the device. press it right after turning on the laptop. while the salutation is still lit and the brand of the device is shown (see. see photo below).
Next you will see several menu items, among which will be the entry to BIOS. button F1 (see photo below). arrow 1 in the screenshot below).
Lenovo SL510 model. login with ThinkVoltage
4) A hole instead of the recovery button and ThinkVantage
Some Lenovo laptops have no buttons at all, but there is a small hole on the side of the device (usually where the power is connected).
For example on a Lenovo 100 notebook there is no recovery button (the one with the arrow) at all. There is a small hole (next to the hole is the same arrow). The button itself is located in this hole, to press it you need to use for example a paper clip or a needle.
Lenovo 100. the hole to enter the BIOS
Producers, probably, try to avoid accidental presses of the button. after all, the vast majority of users have to enter BIOS very rarely.
1) Some laptops do not allow you to enter the BIOS if it is on battery power. I can’t say that this is a 100% glitch. but the setup is very questionable. To check for sure. connect your device to the network and try to enter BIOS using the above methods.
2) Sometimes there is a very unpleasant bug with the Lenovo v580c: if you have cleaned the disk and installed a new Windows. the buttons to enter the BIOS will not work.
To enter BIOS again (instructions for advanced users!). turn off your notebook, then unplug it, remove the battery. Next remove the lid and take out the small battery from the mat. of the board. After 5-10 minutes. assemble the device.
The BIOS will be loaded automatically to set the basic settings when you turn it on. You need to open the tab “Startup”: in the item with the setting “UEFI / Legacy boot” there are three options (Both, UEFI Only, Legacy Only). you need to select “Both. In the item “UEFI / Legacy Boot Priority”, must be set to “Legacy”. Next save the settings and restart your notebook. Everything should work as it should.
Now there will be a complete list of ways to get into the BIOS on Lenovo laptops:
- F2 key;
- Press F2 key with the Fn key on the keyboard pressed in advance;
- Specialized Novo Button;
- F1 key;
- Esc key;
- Via the EFI firmware options.
Below all the ways described above will be considered in more detail.
Logging into the BIOS on Lenovo with the F2 key
This way is worth trying first of all. Switch the notebook off, press and hold F2 on the keyboard and without releasing it switch the notebook on.
If you did not enter BIOS, try to do the same, but first press the Fn button at the bottom left of the keyboard.
Take a good look at your notebook case. Including its side edges. If you see a small separate round button with a curved arrow on it, that is the Novo Button.
To enter the BIOS on Lenovo with it, simply turn off the laptop and press the Novo Button. After that it should go to the BIOS setup automatically, or you will see a small menu where you will have to select the option to enter BIOS.
F1 or Esc key
These buttons are used much less often to enter the BIOS menu, but, for example, on a Lenovo v580c laptop you can enter BIOS by pressing the Esc button in the upper left corner of the keyboard. A menu will appear where you need to press F1 to enter BIOS.
Pay attention, that F1 should be pressed together with Fn.
This way only works under Windows 8-8.1. It somewhat resembles the start of Windows in safe mode. To use it, open the Start menu, press the Shift key on your keyboard, and holding it pressed, select Restart.
A menu will appear where you should select Diagnostic. The UEFI firmware options. Reboot.
After that the notebook will reboot and you will enter BIOS.
The method works on laptops from all companies, pre-installed with Windows 8.1.
If you need to get into BIOS for booting from a flash drive, then you can do this without entering BIOS. You can also try to bring up the boot menu.
To do this press and hold down the F12 button while switching on your notebook. You may have to do it while holding down the Fn button. You should see a menu with the boot device selection. Your stick should be there, select it with the arrow keys and press Enter.
The USB stick is in the list of devices to boot
We hope that at least one of the above described methods of entering BIOS on Lenovo notebooks has helped you.
Lenovo BIOS won’t start. How to enter the BIOS lenovo laptop: simple steps
When working on a computer or laptop, sooner or later there is a need to change some standard settings or reinstall the Windows system. To do this, you need to enter the basic structure. BIOS. It has the form of a text table, is controlled only by the keyboard and contains the basic settings for the computer. In normal mode, it checks the operating system when it boots.
When you enter it, it opens a list of parameters that you can modify or just view information about the operation of your notebook. Here you can find out information such as the serial number of the device itself, its motherboard, change the display settings, battery calibration, security system. And of course, reinstall Windows. But with the first experience in this system the interface can seem incomprehensible, and thoughtlessly changing the settings is not recommended, it can adversely affect the operation of the laptop.
The usual way to enter the BIOS on a Lenovo laptop
The most common and common method of logging into UEFI, Legacy BIOS is supported by most Lenovo models. Do the following:
When you turn on the laptop or reboot, press the F2 button on the keyboard several times (in some cases it can be a combination of the Fn F2 buttons);
By the way, owners of versions of Windows 7, XP and Vista can see information about the required keys immediately during the boot of the personal computer (displayed for a few seconds on the screen below).