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12-13-2014

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Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2014-12-13, 21:18 PM

I created this full walkthru for people who upgrade / or replace their hard drive / SSD drive on the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro or other Lenovo products that has the Nova button - One Key recovery solution. I did this on my Yoga 2 Pro. So it should work perfectly for those owners for others I'm not certian but it should be similiar for other Lenovos.

 

Essentially this will rebuild your laptop back to factory settings including full nova button functionality without having to buy the lenovo recovery disks. It took me several days to piece this together from everything on the web into an easy to follow step by step process so I hope you appreciate / enjoy it :) And I hope it saves you lots of time.

The process is not that hard but you are completely wiping your hard drive yourself. All your data will be gone. Bear this in mind. You have to be bold enough to try it. And it's not for the faint of heart.

Read through the whole thing first before doing it step by step.

Here we go.

 

There are a lot of steps but it's a fairly simple process.

 

Requirements at least 2 USB sticks - One 4 GB or more

 

Necessary Files:

1. Okr8 Engineer - Wipes the hard drive and creates the necessary paritions to bring Lenovo drive back to initial state.

 

This is the file you really need.

 

Download here:

 

http://www.filedropper.com/win8okr80withoutos > my personal upload <
https://torrent.pl/de/0438900090510,lenovo-okr8-one-key-recovery-8 or do a search for OKR8.

 

2. Power Iso - Properly burns Okr8 on a bootable USB for installation purposes.
http://www.poweriso.com/

 

3. Download copy of Windows 8.1 OEM version - Wish I had found this link before!
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

 

For the Yoga Pro 2 you do not need the Windows 8.1 serial as it's imprinted directly onto the bio for others laptops laptops. Use produkey to find you're serail if you lost it you don't have a Bio embedded laptop: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html


4. Get Necessary Lenovo Drivers - Easily accessible on the Lenovo website. Just go and download the drivers you need for you laptop.

 

Links to hard to find drivers

Veriface 4.0 : https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Yoga-Flex-Laptops-and/Veriface-Download/td-p/1459391
Dolby v4 : http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds027444

 

First section:

 

1. Download the OKR8 file. You'll need to install utorrent or bitorrent if you downloaded it as a torrent and not my personal file.

 

2. Download, Install, then Open PowerISO.

 

3. Select - Tools - Create Bootable USB drive - Select Yes to Run as administrator - Find the OKR 8.iso on your hard drive and burn to the USB stick.

 

4. Next create the windows 8.1 usb stick as well. Download Windows 8.1: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

 

5. Run the Microsoft file and select English > Windows 8.1 and > 64 bit

 

6. Burn the Windows 8.1 to USb through the software.

 

7. Relax and have a coffee while it creates the usb stick.

 

8. Download and save the necessary lenovo drivers onto another USB stick, external hard drive or onto one of the 2 USB sticks you are already using. Valuable if you only have one computer.

Please note: You install all this stuff at your own risk. Propertly back up and save all your old personal data first onto an external hard drive. This process will wipe everything off your drive, including all the paritions (including the old recovery parition if you have one there) and you'd won't be able to get it back.

Having access to two computers is helpful. But if done property you should be good with one. I will not be responsible for any mishaps. This is cowboy computing. Typically for people with too much time on their hands or who are obsessive compulsive types:)

 

Second section:

 

1. Turn off computer.

 

2. Press Nova button, wait, enter into Bios. Goto to boot mode and switch boot from UEFI only to 'legacy mode". This allows you to boot to the OKR 8 USB your prepared.

 

3. Shut down computer

 

4. Insert OKR 8 USB

 

5. Press Nova button again - Select Boot- Select - USB drive with OKR 8 on it.

 

6. Let the OKR 8 USB load. - A Windows 8 screen comes up.

 

7. Once it loads click the check mark and hit the button with chinese letters. This whole software is in Chinese and not in English. Don't worry.

 

8. Wait patiently. It will say 'done' but it's not all done until the popup windows appears and says All Done. Then REMOVE the usb and reboot.

 

9. Important* - Reboot the computer and let the OKR 8 software load and install on the recovery parition - It finishes the installation after you reboot. It will reboot again and load into the One Key Recovery Panel software.

Yay! Now select shutdown from the One Key Recovery environment.

 

10. Press Nova button again > enter bio > and switch back to UEFI mode. *Important* If you try to install Windows through USB legacy mode. You will get a GPT error when trying to install windows onto the hard drive.

 

11. Shutdown again.

 

12. Insert the Windows 8.1 USB. Press the Nova button again. Select Boot Options: Boot from the Windows 8.1 USB.

 

13. Windows 8.1 loads. Select Install.

 

14. Choose Custom Install and Install Windows 8.1 to Parition 5 - "Windows8_OS"

 

15. Let Windows Install. Remove USB stick when asked.

 

16. Reboot. Go through standard windows setup. Install all drivers and program you want in preparation to save the intial factory recovery state.

 

17. Get your yoga 2 pro or laptop up to the initial specifications you want and then shut down.

 

Section 3:

 

1. Now it's time to create the initial backup onto the hidden recovery parition so you can reset the laptop back to inital specs whenever you wish including when you want to sell or give away the laptop..

 

2. From a shutdown state - Goto system recovery through novo button again.

 

3. Once it's loaded press CTRL+Shift+O to pull up the command prompt window (Shift + F10 was previously suggested. It did not work for me, maybe on older machines)

 

4. At the command prompt type in: diskpart

 

5. type: list volume

 

6. Look for the letter of volume that is labelled PBR_DRV (eg. H) - This is the hidden Lenovo recovery partition where the initial factory backup image will be saved to.

 

7. type exit

 

8.  type: H: or whatever volume it is.

 

9. Your directory should change to H:

 

10.  Type: cd onekey\osimage > This takes you to the correct directory.

 

11.. You're almost at the end!

 

12.. Type: osimage /nopbr

 

13. Type: osimage /fb

 

14. Wait ten minutes while the initial backup is saved onto the hidden recovery parition

 

15.. Profit!

 

16. type exit - Reboot - You're Good to Go.

 

17. Rock On!

 

18. Enjoy Life again.

 

Lots of work but worth it in the end ! :)

 

Should also work for when windows 10 comes out.

 

 

 

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05-19-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-05-19, 2:12 AM

One thing i would like to add, on the welcome screen after installing windows (before setting up accounts), use the audit mode (Ctrl + Shift + Fn + F3) to install all drivers before setting up user accounts, then build the recovery image. 

 

This way, users can use recovery to restore windows, have all drivers intact, but still able to setup user accounts as when the computer was first bought. 

0 person found this solution to be helpful.

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07-29-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-07-29, 7:22 AM
Would this procedure erase my genuine Windows activation?
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04-28-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-07-29, 7:27 AM

The windows serial is "printed" on the bios, all you have to do is install the EXACT same version of windows that you have now,Windows 8.1,core,pro,etc

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07-29-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-07-29, 14:06 PM

The Windows version came with the laptop (Ideapad Z510) is Windows 8 Single Language, But It's updated to 8.1 now, Which one should I use when Installing ? Can I Use Windows 10?

Thanks in Advance XD

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-07-29, 15:15 PM

As far as I can tell, Windows 8.1 is merely an windows update, so the license key from your BIOS should still work. If you already updated your machine to Windows 8.1, and a fresh install of 8.1 didn't complain about license key, then you should be able to create a new recovery image from it. 

 

For Windows 10, if I am not mistaken, when you upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1, some hardware ID is stored on a MS server to flag this machine has a windows 10 license, to make it possible to perform fresh windows 10 install in the future if needed.

 

This means if you never have windows 10 installed, then you cannot use it to build the recovrey image (the key from BIOS won't work). But if you have 10 installed, you can always activate it during the process of creating recovery image. 

 

Once again, all these are based on my knowledge and I haven't attempt to do them, so I cannot tell if this will definitely work. Try it and let us know :)

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08-24-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-08-24, 10:37 AM

My laptop is a Lenovo G710 with 1TB HDD which I'm intenting to swap with a 256GB SSD and retain the One Key Recovery Solution.

 

I have followed the instructions exactly as mentioned here but I'm stuck at second section below

 

9. Important* - Reboot the computer and let the OKR 8 software load and install on the recovery parition - It finishes the installation after you reboot. It will reboot again and load into the One Key Recovery Panel software.

Yay! Now select shutdown from the One Key Recovery environment.

 

When I remove the OKR8 USB and reboot, the laptop doesn't appear to install the one key recovery software and after some time just shuts down. When I attempt to install the Windows 8.1, the partitions are all there including the hidden partitions. After installing Windows and necessary drivers, I click Nova button in shutdown state then select System Recovery which takes me back to Windows desktop screen. What have I done wrong? Please help

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09-08-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-09-08, 0:28 AM

Hi..

 

Please 

 

Im with dificulty to find the OKR8 to download..

 

In Pira***ay I find but it was corrupted.. And the bootable pendrive does not work..

 

Anybody could help me?

 

 

 

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09-21-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-09-21, 12:11 PM
@AndreEstrada PM

To others:

I have Y510P Notebook but it uses the same OKR software. I have an extra M.2 port for SSD. When I install OKR 8 on factory SSHD everything's fine. But when I try to install it on SSD (no matter if I have also SSHD plugged in) I have the same issue as rs1969 - all partitions are created properly (are visible for example in Windows installer) but nothing more happens - when I choose "System recovery" from Novo Button Menu it just skips it and looks for bootable device. Can anyone help me?
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12-01-2015

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Re: Solved! Fix / Repair Nova Button / One Key Recovery after replacing SSD - Walkthru! Yoga 2 Pro

2015-12-01, 22:41 PM

9. Important* - Reboot the computer and let the OKR 8 software load and install on the recovery parition - It finishes the installation after you reboot. It will reboot again and load into the One Key Recovery Panel software.

Yay! Now select shutdown from the One Key Recovery environment.

 

All other points are still working, except to that point. 

the OKR is not installing on the recovery partition, i dont know why.

I had checked the partitions all are there. After instlling a Windows i was been able to make a OKR backupon a flash drive, but booting in the OKR Restore is still not working.

 

Can someone give me tip to solve the problem.

 

THX

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