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Tried to run the restore through ThinkVantage on the Think Pad, it stalled out so I restarted the computer and now all settings are lost and cannot get back into the ThinkVantage program

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How do I get into think central


Hi, I just found this helpful user manual for ThinkCentre PC's in Adobe Reader (PDF) Format:
http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/m58_m58p_ug_en.pdf

To access the ThinkVantage Tools, click "Start," then "All Programs," then "ThinkVantage Tools." To access the ThinkVantage Productivity Center, click "Start," then "All Programs," then "ThinkVantage Productivity Center."

The manual warns that these applications are available only on Lenovo ThinkCentre PC's with Windows 7, an internal hard drive, and Lenovo software pre-installed. I presume however, that you meet all of those criteria. I hope this is what you are looking for. Thank you.

Oct 23, 2014 | Lenovo ThinkCentre PC Desktops

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Factory restore


Dell Dimension computers have a built-in PC restore system that allows you to quickly restore the PC to its original factory settings.
The PC restore is located in a hidden partition of the PC's hard drive and contains a copy of the computer's original factory installed software.
There are two different ways to restore the Dimension's settings depending on which operating system your computer is running.

Windows XP

Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.
Restart the computer.
After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, hold down the "Ctrl" key and press the "F11" key.
If the Windows XP screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.


Highlight "Restore" in the Dell PC Restore window by using the tab button.
Hit "Enter."


Highlight "Confirm" in the restore warning box by using the tab button.
Hit "Enter."
This will start the system restore process.
Do not attempt to turn off the computer during this process or vital system files may be damages and you will not be able to restart your computer.


Click "Finish" in the box that notifies you that the restoration has been successful.


Hit "Enter" to restart the computer.
The computer has been restored to the original factory settings.

Windows Vista

Disconnect all peripheral equipment that is attached to your computer such as printer, scanner, external hard drive and memory sticks.



Restart the computer.
After the Dell screen appears on the monitor, press the "F8" key.
If the Windows Vista screen appears before you can finish this step, wait for the computer to finish rebooting and restart the computer again.


Highlight "Repair Your Computer" by using the down arrow key in the Advanced Boot window.
Hit the "Enter" key.


Click "Next" after selecting a language. Log into the computer as an administrator.
"OK." Choose "Dell Factory Restore."
Click "Next."


Check "Yes" next to the reformat the hard drive and restore factory settings option.
Click "Next" to start the restoration process.
Do not attempt to turn off the computer during this process or vital system files may be damages and you will not be able to restart your computer.


Click "Finish" in the box that notifies you that the restoration has been successful.
The computer will automatically restart itself to its original factory settings.



Aug 18, 2013 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Had to download the latest version of itunes. when my computer tried to restart it freezes on the hp invent screen and won't load at all. tried unplugging from power to restart and it still freezes at...


Please restart your computer and keep tapping F8 key, you should see a screen which while give you options to choose like normal mode, safe mode etc. In that screen please use your up and down arrow key to choose last known good configuration and hit enter.


This should take your computer back to the previous settings when your computer is working fine.

Note: if you have allready tried to go to safe and were able to go to safe mode then do not choose this method.

If you can go to safe mode use system restore (steps vary from windows version to version). Restore you computer's settings to a previous setting (Steps for XP - Start - Programs (or all programs) accessores - system tools and click on system restore and follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer settings to a day or 2 previous to installig the new software.

Note: this system restore does not destroy your data (your pictures and files) but you will loose the new softwares installed between today and the day you choose.

Dec 26, 2010 | HP PC Desktops

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How can I restore to factory settings w/out restore discs


how about trying to restore to a point where everything was running real smooth,,,go to start/all programs/ accessories / system tool /system restore..check off restore to earlier date try to go back at least 2-3 month if possible..click ok..system reboot and prompt you on start up is this earlier date you chose okay...click okay

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R61i thinkvantage button not work


original software no longer on laptop, sounds like it was reinstalled and the hard drive was formatted, there is a hidden partition that the thinkvantage button uses to restore computer

Nov 07, 2009 | Lenovo ThinkPad R61i 14 inch widescreen...

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Configuration error after trying to restore system


Go into system restore under windows system tools and rest your restore point to one prior to restoring your computer to original factory condition. Then wait until you can determine which configuration error is the problem and then restore to original settings. Good Luck

Nov 08, 2008 | HP Compaq Presario SR2150NX PC Desktop

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Restoring my computer to the orangial state


is this win xp based and if you have tried the windows restore option and it did not work u need a xp startup disk you can download it from microsoft.com and insert the disk and restart the computer once restarted you will be asked to press any key this will be about 4 times than you will be warned that the computer will be restored to the original manufacture condition and that any information will be lost than press yes to continue with the partition load when this is complete your computer will be restored to original manufacture condition

Aug 11, 2008 | PC Desktops

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My power company killed my power to install a new meter. My two PC were downloading files off the net when the power was shut off with out warning. when i tried to restart them PC #1 showed a DISK BOOT...


Yes, a loss of power CAN cause your hard drive to not function when you turn it back on; as an experienced PC tech I've seen it many times before. However, your problem likely could have been solved had you booted with a boot CD and ran a chkdsk command.

Jun 21, 2008 | Compaq PC Desktops

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I updated windows automatic updates and it kept telling me to restart the computer so i postponed it for 4 hours. i then left the computer not shutting it down correctly. now windows will not start...


Turn on PC or restart it if it is running and keep pressing F8 during restart.

On screen that will appear choose to start it in "Safe Mode"

When it starts go to Start - Accessories - System tools - System restore - Restore my computer to an earlier time - choose restore point before the date and time when update was done.

Restoring can take a lot of time so be patient even if you think that progress bar is stuck it is still working. Make sure you choose the restore point older than update time.

Apr 10, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Re: System Restore


Well firstly u tell me why you are trying to restore your pc .

Mar 09, 2008 | PC Desktops

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