Is your Lenovo Ideapad 100s stack and you cannot reboot it from bios? Here are the instructions on how to boot your Lenovo Ideapad 100s 11IBY from a flashdrive.
During an unwanted Windows Update (that option was disabled in the services), I decided to shut down my computer because every time I let Windows do whatever they please they mess up my work. But this time, the problem was much more serious, they rendered my machine useless.
I tried several times to restore the system (luckily I always back up my files on an external drive) by doing a clean restore but I couldn’t get through to it because of an error message saying that the action could not be completed because of an error. Yes the error was mine: I’m never going to buy a Windows Operating system again in my entire life.
After having lost a lot of time trying to fix it, I took it to a technician who did his best but he told me that the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is soldered to the motherboard thus it was impossible to remove it. I had to order another laptop telling the guy I wanted Linux Mint on it; Windows 10 may be appropriate for smartphones but not laptops, in addition their help service is a joke just like the Lenovo Global Support.
HERE IS THE SOLUTION
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Another laptop or PC with Windows system (I asked a neighbor to help me)
- A 8 GB USB flash drive (Microsoft suggests at least 5)
- An internet connection.
- An external keyboard (I’ll explain later why)
- A mouse (same as above)
- Go to this Microsoft address, select Windows 10 (32 bit)
- Click on Create Windows 10 Installation Media
- Download Media Creation Tool
- Follow the instruction to create a UEFI USB (my neighbor was concerned that by opening this program on his laptop, it was going to mess up his system but don’t worry; this is only to create the bootable UEFI USB).
- Once done, Insert the USB flashdrive in the USB socket in your Lenovo Ideapad and start Windows from the bios (it’s the little button next to the battery indicator led above your keyboard).
- Choose Boot Menu, your UEFI flash drive will be there, select it and relax because it will take a while for it to load so don’t worry if the screen goes black for a while…)
Follow the usual directions for the installation, input your name, location, email, etcetera.
YOU ARE DONE BUT…
There is a problem with a few of the drivers so your keyboard and mouse won’t work. Don’t panic! Connect the external keyboard (I bought mine for 7 USD) and the mouse. The reason why you need a mouse is that you need to thick a box and I just couldn’t do it with the keyboard only!!!
To fix your drivers, open the device manager and you will see that the problematic drivers have an exclamation mark right next to them. Click on each of them with the right mouse and select UPDATE DRIVER (you need an internet connection). When all the drivers are done, you are ready to go but… Yes, there is another but…
The machine is so slow I can play the violin before it loads. Every single process takes ages to work and basically, they don’t want you to turn off their apps to use your own so next I’m going to try to install Linux Mint on the machine which is open source and it has a program called Wine which allows you to run all windows programs.
Stay tuned if you want more info on how to install Linux on this type of machine because I haven’t done it yet; I just did the clear install yesterday and I’m already beyond fed up.
Windows 10 is like Skynet taking over humanity’s will and we ain’t gonna let ’em do it!