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When your Lenovo computer is attacked by virus or it goes wrong, such as system corruption, system repair failure, blue screen, you can try to factory reset it. In this essay, we will introduce some methods to factory reset Lenovo computer.

how to factory reset lenovo laptop

Part 1: Transfer Important Files before Factory Resetting

Before factory resetting the computer, you should transfer all important files. Or, they will be erased. If your computer has been broken down, Renee Passnow can help you quickly transfer important files to another disk / partition.
Tips:Renee PassNow  can transfer the files and retrieve the lost files, free from the Windows OS. Besides, it can reset / remove Windows login password, completely erase data on the disks and recover from Windows boot failure.
It supports over 1600 computer models and Windows tablets, including Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony and IBM, compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

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How to transfer files with Renee Passnow:

1. Download and install Renee Passnow.

2. Open the software. Select one option from [Crate a Live USB] and [Create a Live CD]. Then, select [x64] or [x86] according to your computer. Next, click on [Download Now] to download the licensed ISO. Remember to activate the software beforehand. After that, click on [Create USB] to create the boot media.
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3. Connect the boot USB/CD/DVD to the computer and let the computer to boot from it. When powering on the computer, you should change the order and set it to boot from CD-ROM or Removable Devices in BIOS. Click for more if you don’t know how to boot from USB/CD.
steps to change the boot order in BIOS
4. When the computer has succeeded in booting from the boot disk, you can select [Data Transfer] in Renee Passnow.
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5. Select the original disk and the target disk. Then, drag the files from the original disk to the new one.
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When you have transferred the files, you can follow the next part to factory reset the Lenovo computer. Apart from data transfer, Renee Passnow can help you reset login password and recover the lost files when the system is inaccessible.

Part 2: How to Factory Reset Lenovo Computer

If you want to factory reset the Lenovo computer, here are three methods.

Method 1: Use OneKey Recovery to Factory Reset Lenovo Computer

Lenovo OneKey Recovery 8.0 is a software preloaded on ThinkPad/ IdeaPad/ YOGA laptop, designed to factory restore the computer. In some earlier Thinkpad models, you should press the blue button “ThinkVantage” to restore the system.

If you never reinstall the system or recover from the system image, you can use the built-in recovery function to reset the computer in Windows OS. Here are the steps to factory reset the Lenovo computer:

1. Check the laptop body to find out the NOVO key (Recovery key).
press lenovo novo key to factory reset the laptop
2. Power off the Lenovo laptop. Then, connect the power source to the laptop and press on the NOVO key. When the Novo Button Menu pops up, press the down arrow to select [System Recovery] option and then press [Enter] to get into the recovery environment.
select system recovery in lenovo laptop
3. Under the OneKey Recovery mode, select [Restore from initial backup] and click on [Next].
click on restore from initial backup under onekey recovery
4. Click on [Start]. Then, when the prompt message pups up, click on [Yes] to begin the restoration process. As it is finished, restart the computer.

Method 2: Factory Reset Lenovo Computer with Windows Function

If the computer is bootable, you can try to reset it through the built-in function in Windows OS.
1. Click on the setting icon in the Start Menu to go to Windows Settings.
go to windows settings
2. In Windows Settings, select [Update & Security].
select update and security in windows settings
3. At the left sidebar, select the tab [Recovery]. Then, click on [Get started] under [Reset this PC].
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4. In the pop-up window, select a way to reset the PC, [Keep my files] or [Remove everything].
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5. After that, the system will list you the applications that are going to be deleted. Confirm and click on [Next] to reset the computer. As it is finished, the computer will return to the factory settings.
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Method 3: Factory Reset Lenovo Computer When it cannot Boot

This method fit the corrupted Windows OS. It can help you factory reset the computer, free entrance into the system.
1. If you cannot boot the computer over twice, the system will enter the Windows Recovery Environment. Then, select [Troubleshoot].
select troubleshoot in windows safe mode
2. Click on [Reset this PC].
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3. Select [Keep my files] or [Remove everything]. It is noted that all data will be erased if you select the second option. Please back up your files well.
reset PC to remove everything
4. After selecting the second option, continue to select [All drives] > [Only the drive where Windows is installed]. If you select [All drives], the process is quite time-consuming.
Clean all drives for resetting this pc
5. Finally, click on [Reset] and wait for 30 – 60 minutes. During the restoration process, the computer will reboot for several times. You Lenovo computer can be safely factory reset if you follow the prompts.