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E540 - Help needed with reinstalling windows!

2016-02-15, 10:26 AM

About a year ago i bought a Lenovo E540 with windows 8.
My laptop is getting slow and is acting weird. Im afraid something has sneaked in my laptop, or it is just getting too full.
I want to re-install windows on my device. But there is no windows activation code sticker on my laptop, also not on the battery pack.

When i reboot my laptop and i press F11, i get a screen that says 'your pc needs to be repaired. a recuired device isn't connected or can't be accessed. error code: 0xc0000225. you'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. 

When i press esc, i get to UEFI firmware settings, but i dont think that helps me.
What do they mean with recovery wools? Where could i find this?
Lenovo doesn't respond on any of my e-mails...

It should be possible to re-install windows right? I have a genuine windows on my laptop so it must be possible....


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Re: E540 - Help needed with reinstalling windows!

2016-02-17, 16:46 PM
The windows key is in the BIOS. You can extract it with RWEVERYTHING

Search the forum for instructions.


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Re: E540 - Help needed with reinstalling windows!

2016-02-21, 6:21 AM

Or with the portable  https://github.com/Superfly-Inc/ShowKeyPlus/releases/download/ShowkeyPlus/ShowKeyPlus.zip


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Re: E540 - Help needed with reinstalling windows!

2016-02-22, 16:40 PM

Just use the USB recovery drive that you created when you first received your ThinkPad a year ago and reinstall Windows 8.

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