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Getting Windows 7 back on U300s after complete wipe

Q: Getting Windows 7 back on U300s after complete wipe

Hello!I recieved (very) used Lenovo U300s from a collegue for 'repair and restore'. Apparently she wanted to try out Linux, and in the process she wiped out the hard drive. After realizing, that Linux does not suit her taste, she asked me to return it to (ioriginal) Windows 7 or 10. And now comes the hard part. The laptop does not come with COA sticker - neither on the underside, not inside (I checked the inside of cover and under the battery). Of course the laptop came without any recovery media, and the owner absolutely ignored making backups. Is the key lost, or is there still a way to retrieve it? I talked with her, and she seems ok with possibly updating to Windows 10, but I still need (I think) to install even for a while genuine Windows 7 to reserve Windows 10 key. Is there any other way to install directly Windows 10 that's genuine? What can I do now?


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A: Getting Windows 7 back on U300s after complete wipe

hi Vatharian,

Welcome to the Forums.

If the U300s came preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit as listed in this datasheet then you will need to do the following:

1. Download a Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ISO (you can get this on the net) or if you can't find a Home Premium version, any Windows 7 64-bit ISo should do and just create a universal Windows 7 installation disc (see this guide).

2. After getting the ISO, follow this guide on how to create a bootable Win7 flashdrive and use it to install Win7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit on the U300s. If successful, Windows will automatically read the product key in the motherboard and will activate your copy of Windows.

Once Windows is installed, you can view the product key using this guide (see Options 2 to 6)

3. After Win7 is installed and activated, follow this guide on how to upgrade to Windows 10 (see Step 3) then activate it.

You will need to the procedure above to get an activated copy of Windows 10. If you perform a clean install of Windows 10 on first attempt. you will need to start over from the top (unless you have a retail key to activate Windows 10).

More info:
How to Activate and resolve common Product key issues in Windows 10

Hope this helps you out.


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Hey there everyone,

I am a relative neophyte, and I could use some help in clarifying exactly what I need to do to install windows after I
wipe my hard drive clean of everything (including my current installation of windows 7)

I currently have a dell inspiron 1545 running windows 7. I bought it new and I think with Windows pre-installed.
That hard drive crashed, so I got a replacement one and that one did not come with any CDs or DVDs.

First question:
I've read that nowadays that most manufacturers don't ship disc's, but rather deposit recovery partition on the hard drive.
If I create a DVD with this recovery partition will it be exactly the same as if I buy a new windows installation disc?
Meaning, will I be able to use this DVD to install windows once there's no OS left?

Thanks in advance!

A:Complete Wipe and Clean Reinstall of Windows 7

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=347576Hi -The above link is a good place to start for recovery directions -Try this link also Click on Windows7 and follow directions - It is direct to Dell -You can request a replacement Dell instalation CD Here:Thank You -

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When we bought my computer it had a 250GB and had about 220-230 GB Free. When i reformat i get about 160-180 free. I know windows stores thing on the hard drive after deletion.

How can i completely wipe it to like when i bought it so i have more space?

* I used Auslogics Boost Speed Disk Wiper
* Whenever I reformatted I formatted the drive and deleted the partition and made a brand new one.

A:Complete Wipe?

When you clean install the OS, you get a choice upgrade or custom. If you do (and should) chose custom you get the chance to go to advanced. In advanced, you can format the entire drive, by making it all one partition.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

Step 7

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I know this is probably a stupid question to you guys but I've been looking on google for hours now and all i can find is wipes that make the hard drive unusable again. I have a copy of windows 7 and what i want to do is completely wipe everything and anything on the hard drive. I know just installing windows 7 over windows vista wont fully erase everything. I have absolutely nothing on this computer but a few small games and my computer is telling me i have only 100gb usable space from a 160gb hard drive and is also telling me i only have 750mb usable ram out of 2gb of ram.

Basically can someone send me over to a tut or something telling me how to completely wipe my hard drive to get it back at its full 160gb state as it was when i first bought it

System Info if you need it for whatever reason
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1250, x64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 430 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM), 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152578 MB, Free - 95195 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0RY206
Antivirus: None
Click to expand...

A:Complete Wipe help

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Good morning all. Some yrs ago I was instructed from here (wonderful helpful place btw) how to completely wipe my HD as I thought I may have had infection that just a regular reinstall of Windows would not have worked. It's like 3 yrs later and I want to do the same thing. I can't find my old post. Could someone plz direct me to or link me to instructions of joe to perform a full wipe of hard drive please? Thank you kindly. Dm

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hay guys my dad thinking he knew how to stop my computer from crashing every day took out the backup battrey and now i cant get windows back on it i have tryed everything i know plz plz plz help me

A:complete comp wipe

I don't think taking out the battery affects getting windows on a computer. A more detailed posting that explains the timeline of what happened, and what was done would be more helpful.

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I have read many of the threads and followed suggestions on cleaning my system. I am posting the various logs for your review. I hope you can help. My next step is a complete wipe of everything. Sorry if too long and too many logs.

Thanks in advance!

Spybot report:
--- Search result list ---
DaRu.Revolto: Autorun settings (Registry value, nothing done)

KeenValue.eUniverse.MyFreeCursors: Autorun settings (Registry value, nothing done)

System1060: Autorun settings (Registry value, nothing done)

Common Dialogs: History ( (2 files)) (Registry key, nothing done)

Internet Explorer: AutoComplete data ( (36 files)) (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-1343024091-854245398-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\SPW

Internet Explorer: Cookies ( (1 cookies)) (Directory, nothing done)
C:\Documents and Settings\Kelly & Chris\Cookies

Internet Explorer: Download directory (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-1343024091-854245398-1004\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download Directory=

Internet Explorer: Last used directory (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-1343024091-854245398-1004... Read more

A:Last resort is complete wipe

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I have a couple of SATA and the other type fo HDD on the bench
is there any way of getting all the data off the HDDs.
Have them at a condition like the day I bought them or the method to acheive that.
I understand reformat would not be enough. No data backup necessary. Complete clean if possible.
OK first install into computer then....

A:Complete disk wipe

Wipe it! Commercial product what it does it completely destroys the data on HDDs.
Here's a like to some free and share versions:

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My Asus model cm6870 gets heavy use from the family. At some time I believe it had acquired a virus. The computer started to run extremely slow. Running programs, opening folders and even task manager would never open and if they did they would become not responsive. I had Norton 360 and Hitman which would find some malware and supposedly removed it yet the problem still persists. Eventually the HD completely crashed and the computer would only boot to the insert boot device and press any key screen. Since i had backed up my files on an external HD I wiped the Asus HD with DBAN and reinstalled Windows 7. The computer seemed to be fine at first but soon went back to the same result. I wiped it again and this time downloaded nothing but updated drivers (from the manufactures website) and still the problem persists. I would run a TSG Sysinfo but the computer is basically unusable at this point. Can a virus affect a computer beyond the hard drive or is the computer simply breaking down?

asus cm 6870
windows 7 64bit
intel i7 processor
16 mb RAM

Thank you in advance to anyone with any info on this.

A:computer still affected after complete HD wipe


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I was reading that dban doesn't clear hidden sectors, or HPA or a few other things and it clearly takes quite some time.

What other type of full disk wipe programs are suggested over dban that are faster and full and completely thorough on their wipe?

A:What is better & faster than dban for complete HDD wipe?

There are some sectors on the disk that are not cleared but since they are not accessible by software anyway what is the point? Performance is determined almost entirely by disk characteristics so that won't vary much.

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I have a Gateway laptop that I'm going to sell because I don't use it anymore. It originally came with Windows 8 (no install media), but I had since accepted the 8.1 upgrade whenever it became available. So to prepare for the sale, I chose to reset the PC to the factory Gateway settings from the recovery partition (went without a hitch) and being the nice guy that I am, went ahead and did all the updates, and attempted upgrading to 8.1 again. Nothing but problems. Several times I got messages that it couldn't install properly, needed to restart, or some other problem. I finally got into 8.1, continued to do the updates for 8.1 and now I'm stuck in an endless "Automatic Repair" boot. No matter what I do, I can't get it to pass this portion of the boot.

I did, at one time, setup a Live boot (USB) of Linux with this laptop, but never messed with any of the drive partitions or anything. Only used the portions of the OS that would operate via the USB (was just trying a particular distribution.) When I go into my BIOS, one of the bootup options is "ubuntu", which I assume is being picked up from one of the partitions on the HDD. How this got there I have no idea. There must have been something that the live boot did at one point or another (or I did accidentally) to rename one of the partitions. However, diskpart doesn't report this label, GParted (in Linux) doesn't report this label, and I can't figure out how it got there. At this point... Read more

A:Options for complete wipe and reinstall w/recovery only

Well alrighty then.

After spending several hours of looking up through Google exactly what I wanted to do, I realized that what I wanted to do could not be done. I did resolve the issue, however. I'm not sure how. Thanks.

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I do not know much about computers, but last Monday my brother decided to "downgrade" my laptop from windows vista to XP. Now, my computer is missing some of its drivers, and because it didn't come with any discs, I have no idea how to reinstall Vista back without buying the $100+ installation package.
I was running Vista 64-bit, I've tried the Drive:\Boot\ Bootsect.exe ?NT60 All and all it does is give me incorrect file path, etc.
I honestly don't know much about computers, but I'd like to know if there's any way of getting back to Vista 64-bit without buying / contacting Gateway about this.


A:Complete wipe of files, and installed XP on 64 bit vista

Hell RccTopher, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you still have you OEM Recovery partition on the hard drive with Vista, then you can use it to reinstall Vista with to factory default.

This link from Gateway will help show you how to.

Gateway Support - Full Factory Recovery

Hope this helps,

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I am trying to help a friend who accidently set the 'hard drive password' mode on his harddrive. Outside of purchasing a new drive, I have been trying to wipe the drive (WD 500 gb Scorpio Blue mounted in a Toshiba Satellite laptop) and re-install his software. I've tried hooking it up as a slave drive using a USB adapter cable to my system. I've tried running live-boot diagnostics (Ultimate Boot CD, Fix-It Utilities, and a few others) with it mounted in the laptop and to my system. I was also triying to do an Fdisk on it, but without any success. Any ideas of ways to completely clean this drive so I can re-install it as a new drive? Any help would be appreciated.

A:complete wipe of SATA laptop drive

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I need some help on how to how to backup your personal folder( the folder in windows which has sub folders of your videos, documents, music, downloads etc) multiple times without having to a complete backup each time. I just want to backup the new files that I have been added.

I used Cobian Backup 10 for my backup. On my very first backup, I choose the "full" backup type. (I have no idea why I needed to choose the "full" backup type since I only backed up my personal folder and not the entire (C hard drive). I then chose my seagate external hard drive as the destination source.

The first folder(the one which is scribbled in black for privacy reasons) is the backed up folder in the external hard drive. Inside the folder has all the sub folders (videos, music, documents etc).

Flash forward four months later and I have now created new files (documents, downloaded music and videos etc) during that time. I now want to backup my personal folder again, but I do not want to do a complete backup of the folder, just the new files and folders since it it will be very time consuming to do a complete backup. So I used the "incremental" back up type for the nuew added files. However, when I back up my personal folder using incremental, it creates a folder, and in that folder has the newly added files.( I used the blacked out folder as the destination for the incremental back up)
The red folder is the sub folder inside the black folder(above) with th... Read more

A:Cobian back up 10: how to back up new files w/out complete back up

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Hi there,  i've upgraded my u300s to win 10 and I can't  turn the touchpad off anymore.   does anybody know a way to do this please?

A:u300s touchpad won't turn off in windows 10

Hi there, Llewh -
Thank you for writing in to the Lenovo Forum - happy to have you here today.
I think these steps might work.

Go to the upper right side (corner) of the screen to bring out the charms menu and go into PC Settings.
Click on PC and Devices.
You should see something related to mouse or TouchPad.
If there is an option, you can disable it.

You can also try these,

Go to Control Panel.
Click on Device Manager.
Find and Click on Mice and other pointing devices.
Select the MousePad and right click on it.
If there is an option then DISABLE it or click on PROPERTIES.
Go to the Driver tab and click Disable.

Update us how it goes.
Tap that kudos button if I helped  If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution

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HI everyone, just now i did the complete backup from the control panel that incl. os and files...etc.

I got two 250GB hard disk C: and D:, vista is installed in C: and used almost 52GB hard disk but D: got more than 200GB free space, so backup to D:, what the problem is that when I do the complete backup it's only around 19GB which is located in D:, anybody got any ideas on why ?
Thank you.

A:Vista Complete Back, Only back up 19GB of 52GB

Hello Surajbgl,

The backup has just been compressed. It is normal.


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Just a few days ago I spent a good amount of time getting rid of SpyQuake and Malware Wipe/Pest Trap, thanks to much help from member MFDNSC. All seemed to be well and the computer appeared to be clean. Unfortunately, today both programs seem to be back on my computer! I don't know enough to fix this on my own. Can you please help?
Note: I am traveling and my husband is at home and will be the one following your instructions. He knows less than I do about computers, so if you could keep your instructions basic, that would be appreciated.

A:Malware Wipe/ SpyQuake - They're BACK!

Please post a new HijackThis log.

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Is it possible to back up programs that have product keys so they can be fully restored after you wipe windows?  If so, what is the best program or procedure in doing so?  My work computer has driver issues and I have done everything possible in deleting and restoring audio drivers but haven't had any success.

A:back up programs for system wipe and full restore

 The best thing would be to restore to factory settings, then reinstall all your applications.  Save your data first of course.  There is a program called Zinstall that transfers apps from one computer to another, but I don't recommend it because (1) it costs $140 and (2) if you have malware on your current computer, it will be transferred to the other one.  
Good luck.

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In the past few months my computer has been slower, when I try and have it go to sleep (Stand By) it won?t, and programs are not opening (specifically itunes and eBook, for Sony Reader).

I decided to try and reboot/reformat my hard drive. I have Windows Vista (32-bit CD and license key. How do I wipe my hard drive clean and start over (as if new from factory)?

System and other info:
Windows XP Professional
version 5.1.2600, Service Pack 3 build 2600
System: Gateway
Model: MX6453
System Type: x86-based PC

Security Software: CA Security Center

I have the CD for Office, and my printer. I should be able to get all other programs I need (itunes, eBook for Sony Reader, AIM, Skype, etc).

I?ve tried defragging, scan disk, uninstalling programs, etc.

Thanks for your help,

A:How do I wipe my hard drive clean (back to factory setting)?

I always use one of the two following programs for this purpose. Both are excellent:

Low Level Format = Writing Zeros



To completely erase all data on the drive(s), download DBAN and create a floppy disk to use.

Enter the BIOS setup menu and set the boot order to 'floppy first', then reboot with the DBAN floppy inserted in the drive.

It will completely and securely wipe everything off your hard drive.

Precautionary Note: Anytime you use one of these programs, it is a good idea to unhook other hard drives, because some of these programs can wipe more than one drive at a time.

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I get the message:
Check you backup
There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup.
Details: the requested operation could not be completed due to a virtual disk system limitation. Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse.
ERROR CODE: 0x907800c5"

Need help to determine how to resolve.


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I get the message:
Check you backup
There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup.
Details: the requested operation could not be completed due to a virtual disk system limitation. Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse.
ERROR CODE: 0x907800c5"

Need help to determine how to resolve.


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I am running Vista Enterprise on a Tecra M5 and having been using Ghost 12.0 w/o any problems for the past several months. However, for the past few days, I receive the following error messages towards the end of the back-up process:

1. The connection to the recovery agent was lost. The wizard will need to close.
2. The remote procedure call failed.
3. Error - 800706be
4. MS Windows Error: Service Module stopped working and was closed.

I'm not sure if this has something to do with the security patches that MS put out this past Tuesday.....everything was fine prior to that. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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now i know there is an automatic way of backing up files and folders using windows vista but i was wondering if there was a way of automatically backing up my complete system.

now i've tried using Acronis True Image for this but i'm afraid that i won't be able to restore if my boot drive gets corrupt or i don't have an OS to installed Acronis to and load the back up image.

A:Automatic Complete PC back up?

Why would you put your backup on your Boot drive, thats what you want to recover.

Put it on another HDD, or an external drive.

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Gooday folks. I have a Samsung Story 2 tb external hard drive and I want to back up my win 7 installation on it. I have tried several times and as the print screen shows there are errors and a retry gets the same results. Could someone help me with this?

Sorry, here is the print screen.

A:Back up failed to complete

I could not get the image to display. here is how to attach an image:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

A Guy

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Q: U300s

Hi all, I know am taking you guys back a bit but needs must. Got the u300s orange, trying to restore the thing.  Boots up and runs pretty well but the owner tried to open it, ended messing the bottom chassis cover. All the plastic hook types broke off. Anyways looking to see if I can find replacement parts. Maybe lenovo got some  forgotren about stock kicking about somewhere in a warehouse or maybe somebody's got a dead one just collecting dust, and willing to make a buck or 2 please let me know and we can discuss the logistics. Cheers

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Does anybody have any idea where to purchase a replacement SSD for a U300s? Have not seen any other laptop using this type of a connector. Any help is appreciated.

A:U300s- SSD

hi gr8bear,
Upon looking the U300s' specs, it uses a 7mm, 2.5in SATA HDD. You will need to get a 7mm, 2.5in SATA SSD for the upgrade like this one:
Vector - 7mm Low Profile SATA 3 2.5" SSD
My bad, this is for the U300 not the U300s.

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Not guaranteed to be working at your SSD, but worth to try.Please do this method on your own risk.  A few weeks ago my U300S ssd was half dead.Started with constant 100% disk usage and slow performance, then suddenly Windows fell into BSOD. I tried to restore and clean install Windows several time without any success; unable to format the ssd (somehow it was hard-locked).I came into conclusion that this poor thing was gone completely, so i should build a custom made M.2 ssd adapter. Look here: Custom U300S SSD adapterBefore this ssd is completely dismantled, i tried to BAKE it first. Nothing to lose anyway.(I had several good experiences with dead VGA and it worked nicely after i baked it.)The idea is similar with reflow, without any special tools. Do this simple steps.1. Take the ssd out from the laptop. 2. Unwrap the aluminium foil completely.3. Clean the ssd with isopropyl alcohol thoroughly. Make sure no glue or dirt or impurities on the ssd chip/pcb.4. Prepare the OVEN, pre-heat with temperature around 220 Celcius. Electric or Gas oven just the same.5. Use aluminium balls  or cup as support. Do not put SSD directly on the pan !! (see picture below)6. Put SSD into hot oven, let it baked for 8-9 minutes. And then turn the oven off.7. Open the oven door a little bit, let it cool down slowly for around 30 minutes.8. Re-wrap the SSD with aluminium foil and try it on your U300S. Done.Here the results. No more 100% Disk Usage.&n... Read more

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Can a complete backup be made to an external USB2.0 hard drive?

If the answer is yes then would it be incredibly slow in the event a restore was ever required?

Would i be able to create a back up to two sources i.e. one to the external hard drive and one to a set of dvds?

A:Vista Ultimate -Complete Back up to external USB HD

You can create as many backups as you need.
Backing up to a USB 2.0 drive may be "slow" - but it's a whole lot faster than a DVD!!!

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When trying to backup the entire registry, the following dialog box comes up stating;
" Cannot export E\Registry backup files.reg. Error writing the files. There may be a disk or
file system error." OS XP Home SP3. Need a little bit of guidance.



A:Solved: XP Home -- Back up complete registry

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Hi, so here is my problem: This virus (I guess its adware? not completely sure) keeps coming back. It hijacks my proxy settings and when I browse the web ads popup in different browsers.
I have looked up countless forum posts on here, have followed other directions (run adwcleaner, junkware removal, minitoolbox, malwarebytes, etc, etc).
I run them, they get rid of the virus, and everything goes smoothly from there on out. Heres the thing: 2-5 days later, it comes back out of nowhere! (and its the same virus)
From my observations the obvious virus/adware that keeps coming back is:
"Jelbruss secure web"
and "PrivoxyService"
I delete them with the antivirus' listed above, and then re-scan and they say everything is great. Then, like I said before, 2-5 days later they come back.
Any help would be appreciated, thank you 

A:Adware keeps coming back even after complete removal

Hello twiggle and Welcome to the BleepingComputer.
My name is Yılmaz and I'll help you with the cleanup of malware from your computer.
Before we move on, please read the following points carefully.
Please complete all steps in the specified order.
Even if tools don't find malware, I want you to post the logfiles anyway.
Please copy and paste the logfiles directly into your posts. Please do not attach them unless you are instructed to do so.
Read the instructions carefully. If you have problems, stop what you  were doing and describe the problems you encountered as precisely as  you can.
Don't install or uninstall software during the cleanup unless you are told to do so.
If you can't answer for the next few days, please let me know. If  you haven't answered within 5 days, I am assuming that you don't need  help anymore and your topic will be closed.
I can not guarantee that we will find and be able to remove all  malware. The cleaning process is not instant. Please continue to review  my answers until I tell you that your computer is clean
Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic
As my first language is not English, please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to understand.
Please open as administrator  the computer. How is open as administrator  the computer?
Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, as they will  interfere with our tools and the removal. If you are unsure how to do ... Read more

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Hi all, I know am taking you guys back a bit but needs must. Got the u300s orange, trying to restore the thing.  Boots up and runs pretty well but the owner tried to open it, ended messing the bottom chassis cover. All the plastic hook types broke off. Anyways looking to see if I can find replacement parts. Maybe lenovo got some  forgotren about stock kicking about somewhere in a warehouse or maybe somebody's got a dead one just collecting dust, and willing to make a buck or 2 please let me know and we can discuss the logistics. Cheers
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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Hi everyone,I need to know, where can i buy a SSD with 256gb for Lenovo U300S? thanks.

A:Where can i buy a SSD with 256gb for Lenovo U300S

 Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.in/itm/112372265951

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Hi, Where could I find the 14-pin layout of U300s SSD card? Thanks in advance!

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Hi,  I have received a u300s and the one button restore is not working.  im guessing the partition was  wiped.   any idea where i can get media to restore .. i have the windows 7 serial number... but like i said systems doesnt boot. Thanks

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I find this really odd since I had no trouble re-install win xp in the past and I have a friend who has trouble reinstalling it. At first, he completed the installation and the computer restarted itself and then it went back to Window XP setup all over again. I assumed this that the dvd is still inside during start up and it would have automatically load it. I asked him to turn off the boot sequence for dvd and he said he did. Then other option I asked him to try take out DVD before startup, he did and it still went back to Window XP set up. Have any of you ever encounter this problem before?

I am new here and I decided to start reading daily posts of different kind of problems so I can keep up with it and be able to fix things with my own knowledge.

His cpu:

2.4GHz Dual core - Intel
2Gb of ram 660 - Kingston
8800GTS GFX - Cant remember
P5B delux mother board - Asus
window xp sp2

A:After WinXP complete install, It Returns Back to SetUp

clear the drive with killdisk then format and try the install again,with only 1 stick of ram in

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hi guys any help greatly appreciated.
i have an advent roma laptop running win 7 home 32bit that has some issues.
it keeps getting stuck on system repair for hours on end without any result.
i have tried running chkdsk.it gets as far as 50% then hangs like sys repair.at the point when it stops is at stage 2 of 3 and it is correcting errors in index. it hangs for hours and no result like system repair.both the system repair and the chkdsk scans i have let run for more than a day each before i stopped them.
i have tried scannow and that does work but wont complete as it says it cannot due to a sys repair pending and telling me to exit and restart.at this point the laptop freezes again.
wiping this laptop isnt a problem as its a spare one the kids use and there isnt anything important saved on it.
i cannot access the reinstall options in recovery as it just hangs again.i have tried to access them by using the back up dvd's made at the time of purchase and a recently made repair disk(1st in boot order) but no luck.every time i try to access the reinstall options it just freezes using both methods.
in the bios i can see my hdd which is in sata port 1 [toshiba mk1655gsx s1] and sata port 2 {tsstcorp cddvdw ts-l633a-].
in the advanced recovery options through notepad i can see my computer where it shows the drives attached.it shows 3 drives,sys c 4.27gb free of 9.27gb. boot x 31.1mb free of 33.5mb and local disk d which has no info.
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A:unable to complete a restore with back up disks/advice

the drive is fried

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Hey if anyone can help, it would be great.

Failing to Restore from VISTA ?Complete System Back-up?.

Error Message:
?The Windows Complete PC Restore Operation Failed.
Error Details: There are too few disks on this computer or one or more of the disks is too small. Add or change disks so they match the disks in the backup and try the restore again. (0x80042401).?

I wanted to move from Vista (Ultimate 64 bit) to of Windows 7 (Home Premium 64bit).

I successfully backed up my VISTA PC (as a ?Complete System back-up ?) to an external USB hard drive in order to get it ready for a re-build and installation of Windows 7. I attempted to also do a ?Files Backup? but it wouldn?t let me ? it kept saying the last ?Files Backup? had failed and wouldn?t proceed. As I had the complete one, I thought I?d be OK.

The PC set-up:
The PC has two 500gb (roughly 475gb available) Hitachi drives mirrored (RAID 1) using the Hardware based RAID from the MSI Platinum P35 motherboard (ICH9R).

This was set up (at the RAID level) as one 50gb partition and one 425gb partition. At the Vista level the 425gb partition was split as 100gb (97gb roughly), 100 (97gb), and 225gb (217gb).

Because I had been getting a lot of warnings about lack of space on drive C: (50gb), I decided to not use the RAID partitioning anymore and just partition at the OS level when the system was re-built (I hoped it would make it easier in future to re-size).

What I did:
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I have a Lenovo IdeaPad U300s which has died, and of course I don't have current backups. I figure the SSD still has my data, and thought I'd just pull the SSD and read it on another computer, but I don't know what kind of adaptor I need to use. The SSD isn't in a typical hard drive case, it looks more like a memory card with a series of chips, but instead of edge connectors that go into a bus slot, it has a connector to a ribbon cable on one end. You can see a picture on page 58 of the hardware manual: https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_%20u300_u300s_u400_hmm_1st_edition_oct_2011... Does anyone have any hints on how I could read this data? Feel free to chastize me for not making backups :-)

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A:How to read the SSD pulled from a Lenovo U300s?

Hi there. Your computer uses a Mini PCIe SSD. If you want to retrieve your data, you will need to buy a Mini PCIe SSD adapter to USB. There are many options for such on Amazon, eBay, etc.

I'm a Lenovo advocate, part of the Lenovo INsiders program. I'm a volunteer; I don't work for Lenovo.

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I have read that the normal drive erase is not a good idea for SSD's. I have also read that most SSD manufacturers should have a utility that will allow you to force it to flush deleted data. Does anyone know if this is available thru Lenovo. The SSD controller is a Jmicron but I did not see any utilities on their website.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook http://youtu.be/2FpC2Deuawk   

A:U300s: Cannot access BIOS to change boot order

peavers wrote:I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook http://youtu.be/2FpC2Deuawk   I think the problem is in deleting Ubuntu. According to this video after the deletion of the Ubuntu partitions they must be combined back to the Windows partition.

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I have a USB Flash Drive 32 GB Cruz Glider to back up all my Windows files, libraries, and so on.  When I tell Windows that I want to back up all selected files to Flash Drive, I get crash messages, or messages that back up has failed.  How to
diagnose problem?

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My Ideapad U300s is disabled by Intel Anti-theft technology. I have been so long trying to contact Intel & McAfee but they replied this technology is end-of-life, and I should contact Lenovo .. Please help!!

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Hey, I'm new so I'm not sure where to post this, but here I go

I recently installed some software on my laptop then deleted it (not uninstalled) from the C:/ drive, but whilst it installed it ran a script giving me no access to anything.
So I want to wipe my laptop and install Windows XP SP2 again, but I my BIOS does not let me boot from a CD (Insyde Software MobilePRO) therefore I can not reinstall Windows.
Is there anyway to change my BIOS? or even reinstall by network (not domain just local in house)?

Any helps appreciated!

J Young

EDIT: I have no floppy drive on the laptop

A:Wipe Windows


When you don't know any particulars for the computer or BIOS in question, or you don't see it in the lists above, start your attempts from the following key combinations:


next time don't delete...Uninstall the program first then remove or delete the junk it leaves behind.

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Hello I am trying to wipe my computer and re-install. I have manage to wipe my slave drive but am unable to wipe my main. It gives me a message that I need to dismount but it will not execute the command. I am running windows 2000 pro and it is ntfs, when I re-install I would like it to be FAT 32.
I would appreciate your help. I have tried everything I could think of, so now it's time for the experts. THANK YOU !! I am going to install 98se, if that means anything.

A:Wipe Windows 2000

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Hi everyone, I had encountered problems with my laptop and wanted to start a fresh so I tried to install windows seven again and got all the way through the installation up until the completing installation phase then after about fourty minutesi received an error of what I beleive said windows has encountered a problem restart the computer and restart the installation and when i tried to boot I got an error after the setup is starting services screen that says the computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error windows installation cannot proceed, and when I restart I get stuck in this loop, I have my bios set to boot from cd drive but if I do not press any buttons it shows four different windows 7 listed, I am completely stuck in what to do, i have a dell Inspiron N5030. Im a bit of a computer noob so no jargon please, sorry if I have put this thread in the wrong part of the forum. Thanks in advance

Pretty much I'd like to know how to get rid of the 4 windows 7s and Make a fresh from my windows disk

A:Trying to wipe windows 7 from my laptop

Hello Josh, welcome to Sevenforums!

First, you might try this startup loop recovery. It may help you at least recover from the loop. Here it is: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery created by Dzomlija

After that, if you want to clear your HDD and proceed to a clean install, use these in order:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation created by Bare Foot Kid
Clean Install Windows 7 created by Brink

Make sure you've read all warnings and notes in each tutorial as it may have important info you will need.

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