04-17-2019 08:30 AM - edited 04-17-2019 08:31 AM
I just bought an Ideapad 330 15ARR and would like to make the factory restore disks in the event I have a hard drive failure. Surprisingly the manual is unusually silent on this and so is the support website. The only thing I could find for windows 10 based laptops like this is what I believe to be copying the recovery partition to a 16gb+ thumb drive. Is that seriously my only option? I would really like to know how to make factory recover DVDs like every other laptop I have owned.
04-17-2019 08:52 AM
Welcome to the Community Forums.
The Ideapad 330-15ARR do not have an OEM Recovery partition allowing users more capacity. Using the novo button would only get you the option to do Windows Reset (page 25 user manual).
Here is the article for creating a recovery image along with the video instructions:
Clean installing Windows 10 would also work via ISO image here.
If you feel that Windows is corrupted and you feel there is a need to reinstall the operating system, then just give a call to technical support so they can get you an option.
I hope this helps answer your query.
04-18-2019 08:33 PM
Spidey101 these forums are a g d piece of excrement. It would not let me log back in to the original triangles account. When I tried it took me to a screen to pick a screen name and enter my email. Ok rant over. it only took me 45 minutes to get back on here after having to sign up with a new email address and screen name.
I plan to keep this laptop long past the warranty period. I wanted to have the software on hand so I can do a factory restore when windows inevitably goes to crap or the hard drive dies. I have several questions so I'll break them out into bullet points:
1) I am new to windows 10 so I guess I don't understand what a "windows reset" is or how the activation works. Can you explain this to me?
2) What I am looking for is how to be able to do a complete factory reset so the software is just as it was when I first opened the box. Since there is no recovery partition how would I reinstall the software if windows crashes or the hard drive dies?
3) regarding your link to a win10 ISO. Are you telling me I can just download the winodows 10 ISO from the link you provided and just install it and it will be activated? Don't I need a product key or something?
04-19-2019 06:43 AM
Windows 10 reset is basically the same as those on lower versions. Aside from searching online about Windows 10 Reset, you can start reviewing this articles from microsoft here and here. Similar to this discussion, Win10 OEM activation is automatic as the keys are embedded on the motherboard as long as you install the same version that came with the machine.
No factory partition made on this newer models like One Key Recovery thus allowing users more capacity to use.
Win10 ISO of the same version can be be use to reinstall Windows 10 on a new hardrive or to clean install it. Activation servers would be able to identify same motherboard with the OEM key embedded on it soon as it gets online.
Personally I always give my installers a test before putting it away for safe keep. You can do the same with your recovery image/ ISO usb file on another drive so you can appreciate it more.