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Android or Windows? Used YB-1 ZA0W has Android OS but Windows Keyboard

2020-12-19, 14:31 PM

Hey community,

 

I bought a used yoga book in germany that has a keyboard from a different country (french?). But even though there is android on it, it has a windows key. Now I wonder if someone changed the OS or if the keyboard was replaced. Can anyone tell me what language it is and why it might have  windows key?

 

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Re:Android or Windows?

2020-12-19, 15:07 PM

Welcome to the Community

 

I had to remove the product number from your post as it could be used to extract the device's serial number. I did that (you can, too, by clicking the "Support" tab at the top of this page) and it appears this shipped with Windows 10 x64 installed. I might be reading it wrong, but the keyboard seems to indicate that to be the case. 

 

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Re:Android or Windows? Used YB-1 ZA0W has Android OS but Windows Keyboard

2020-12-19, 15:35 PM

Thank you.

This brings up the question how I can install windows again. Is there a way?

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Re:Android or Windows? Used YB-1 ZA0W has Android OS but Windows Keyboard

2020-12-19, 15:44 PM

I don't have this YB, so I can't tell you for certain. I'm going to move this thread over to Yoga Book Windows to see if anyone there knows. 

 

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Re:Android or Windows? Used YB-1 ZA0W has Android OS but Windows Keyboard

2020-12-19, 17:31 PM

Check out this thread and the links therein for some starters. 


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Re:Android or Windows? Used YB-1 ZA0W has Android OS but Windows Keyboard

2020-12-21, 15:32 PM

There may be a clue in the case colour. Windows Yogabooks were black, Android were grey or gold. If you have a mix of those it would suggest the keyboard was replaced.

I would suggest trying to boot up into recovery mode by pressing and holding volume up and power together. If the Novo menu comes up it's a Windows machine and you should be able to reinstall windows using a bootable usb drive with a windows install iso on it. If not, it's most likely an android machine - unless someone has hacked it to install android on a windows machine. Some people have changed the keyboard when the keyboard section has become broken or faulty so that is a real possibility.

If the keyboard has been changed then it is possible it was an Android machine but changing the OS would be tricky and unlikely to work well. Usually you'd see what was originally installed from the stickers on the keyboard section. If it was a windows machine and you're trying to re-install it you'll want to ensure you know whether it came with Windows home or pro - that will depend on where it originated from. There was an android rom on the Lenovo support site - don't know if it's still there.

 

If you are trying to reinstall Windows I'd suggest seeing if the iso posted there by Sandman is still available. It may be the best hope of getting it done successfully.

 

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