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Yogs 720 15" Fresh Start - question about drivers and recovery partition



I would like to either do a clean install of Windows 10, or use the Fresh Start feature to get rid of all pre-installed software and start with a "clean" version of Windows 10. I would prefer Fresh Start if possible as it seems much simpler.


I have two questions: how will I know which drivers I will have to reinstall, and also what happens with the Lenovo partition ( D: ), which I assume is the recovery partition?


(I am new to Windows.)


Thanks for your help!

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Re: Yogs 720 15" Fresh Start - question about drivers and recovery partition

Hello Psm123

Thanks for using the Lenovo forums.

If you do a fresh install, you will likely have to install all the drivers, video, chipset, etc.


If you do not mess around with the partitions, then the recovery partition should stay as it is, allowing you to reset the unit to factory settings(I would recommend to keep this for future use.)


Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.

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Re: Yogs 720 15" Fresh Start - question about drivers and recovery partition

First of all, I wouldn't bother wiping and reinstalling Windows to get rid of the bloat - just uninstall the Lenovo apps that you don't want. There really isn't much bloat at all on these machines.


If you REALLY want to spend the time to start fresh, I would do the following:


Don't worry about keeping the recovery partition since you want a fresh install. If you ever need to "recover", you would just do a fresh install of Windows again and won't need the recovery stuff.


Some steps I took when installing Win10 Enterprise: 

  • Copy C:\Drivers\ to an external storage device. Also download and store the System Interface Foundation installer from here:
  • Reboot, hit F2 to enter BIOS, disabled Secure Boot so you can boot from a USB drive that has the Win10 setup on it. Maybe change SATA mode to AHCI instead of RAID while you're in there, but I don't think that is needed.
  • When installing Windows, delete all volumes and start with a blank storage device.
  • Once Win10 is installed, install that Lenovo System Interface Foundation, then use the Windows Store to get Lenovo Companion.
  • Use Lenovo Companion to auto-download-and-install any missing drivers and updates. If you really hate Lenovo apps and don't want to use Companion, then go thru that C:\Drivers folder and install everything (or pick and choose what is needed by looking at Device Manager).

You'll probably want to install Yoga Mode Control, though it kinda works without it.

Lenovo Settings gives some benefits too, like the battery gauge on the task bar. I had issues with the touchpad when I didn't have Settings installed, so you might kinda need it.


In the end, you won't see much difference doing all that work compared to just uninstalling some apps, though you WILL gain some space on your NVMe if you get rid of that recovery partition and stuff.

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