05-05-2014 07:55 PM
About a year and a half ago I bought a ThinkPad Edge E430 and its been working fine, until last week when I got a terrible virus which really corrupted my computer. I've managed to remove the malware, but as a result the registry is still damaged. I cannot change folder options, my start menu is blank, all my files have been moved to a TEMP file among all these other issues. I've run multiple malware scanners and registry repair programs but these issues aren't resolving. So I'm thinking that I'll need to just reinstall windows 7, to completely repair the registry and ensure everything is back to normal. I've backed up all my files, but my concern is about the reinstallation itself.
How could I do this when Windows 7 came preloaded onto the laptop, so I don't have the installation disk.
And would the product key for windows 7 (found under the battery) definitely work a second time around?
05-07-2014 05:20 AM
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
We understood that your query is about reinstalling the Windows 7 OS on ThinkPad Edge E430.
When your computer is working normally, press the blue ThinkVantage button to launch the SimpleTap Program (for Windows 7) or the ThinkVantage Productivity Center program (for Windows XP and WindowsVista).
Depending on the date when your computer was manufactured, your computer might have the
Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox program preinstalled instead of the Simple Tap program or the ThinkVantage Productivity Centre program.
You also can use the ThinkVantage button to interrupt the start-up sequence of your computer and start the Rescue and Recovery workspace, which runs independently of the Windows operating system and is hidden from it. If the Windows operating system is not running properly, the Rescue and Recovery workspace can help you do the following:
• Get the current system information.
• Rescue a file from your Windows environment or restore back-up files, provided you have made backups
by use of the Rescue and Recovery program.
• Configure your computer or start the ThinkPad Setup.
To access the Rescue and Recovery workspace, turn on the computer; then, while the “To interrupt normal start-up, press the blue ThinkVantage button” message is displayed at the lower-left of the screen, press the ThinkVantage button. The Rescue and Recovery screen opens. For additional information, see “Using the Rescue and Recovery workspace”
Please click here to download the rescue and recovery guide.
Hope this helps.
05-07-2014 09:42 PM - edited 05-07-2014 09:53 PM
Thankyou for the prompt response,
I just read through the rescue and recovery guide and will try to restore my harddrive.
Before I do so, when creating the recovery disks it says "Create recovery media enable you to restore the contents of your computer hard disk drive to its factory-installed state." - Can I just double check if this will this be like reinstalling windows, with all registry items/ settings reinstalled?
05-07-2014 11:06 PM
Yes, you can perform that option. That is for creating the recovery media, this will help’s you to reinstall the Operating System through the created media.
After creating you have can use the created recovery media to reinstall the operating system.
Hope this helps.