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Rares12
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Thinkpad x240 install OS without knowing SPV

I've got a X240 Thinkpad with a bad hdd. I've changed the hdd and wanted to start to install a new Os. The problem is that is requesting a supervisor password in order to change the boot order.It belongs to my father, he doesn't remember to have set a password. I just want to install another Windows(clean). Am I able to install a new Windows without having a supervisor password??

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Re: Thinkpad x240 install OS without knowing SPV

If you put is a wiped or new hard drive, and have a USB stick with windows on it, you MAY be able to install onto the drive, depending on options previously set in the BIOS.  


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Rares12
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Re: Thinkpad x240 install OS without knowing SPV

I have tried but unforunatley it won’t boot from stick. It lets me choose from where I want to boot, I choose the usb, the screen flashes and nothing happens.

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Re: Thinkpad x240 install OS without knowing SPV

My workaround for cases like this is to install the hard drive in another machine (let's call it donor), boot from stick, start a clean install, and immediately after the first reboot turn off the donor, put the drive back in the original laptop (your X240 in your case), and let Windows continue the installation.

 

(Plug the Win USB install in the X240 as well, just in case)

 

It worked for me in few cases...

 

I hope this helps...

 

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