What is ThinkVantage System Update and what is it used for?
Over the years the Lenovo terminology or branding for System Update has changed. Originally ThinkVantage System Update, and more recently referred to as just System Update, the functionality of the application remains the same - to evaluate the system and automatically install the latest BIOS, Drivers, and Lenovo provided utilities.
There are several ways to access the utility depending on model of Lenovo ThinkPad system. You can always go to the start menu and type "system update" to find the applicaion.
Older ThinkPads were equipped with a special blue, "ThinkVantage" button. The following steps apply to these systems which are running the preloaded operating system.
Press the "ThinkVantage" button (Blue button)
Place mouse cursor on the "Maintanance" at Resource Center
Select "Update my system"
In 'ThinkVantage System Update" Welcome page, click Next
Application will check for any updates available for your ThinkPad
There will be 4 tabs available "Critical updates" / "Recommended updates" / "Optional updates" / "Extras" which will list down the updates available for your ThinkPad.
Select the "Updates" which you would want the software to install and click Next
TVSU would then download the drivers needed for your system.
Remember to reboot your laptop when prompted to do so.
**It is a good practice reboot your laptop after updating any drivers or BIOS**
If you are unable to find "Maintanance" in the ThinkVantage - Resource Center, do download the ThinkVantage System Update via Link.
Lauch System update from the Windows Start menu, desktop icon. If you have re-loaded your system with a fresh install of Windows, you will need to download System Update from the Lenovo support site by following this link. Select the version appropriate to your version of Windows.
Launch system update
When System update runs, it automatically checks to see if the installed version needs an update. This will only apply to copies already on your systems, as those downloaded directly will be the latest version.
Once the update completes, system update will move on to checking for updates specific for your system.
You will have an option to select which (of any) updates that it finds. Updates are grouped as Critical, Recommended, and Optional....
You may check items you wish to install. Note that some packages have dependencies upon others so if you have selected one with dependencies, it may prevent you from deselecting others that it will need. Select next, and continue along. Selected updates will be installed and one or more reboots may be needed during the process, so be sure to save and close all other applications while running system update.