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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App We want to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to monitor your new PC. Hopefully you won't run into any problems with your new Lenovo system, but if you do, continue reading to find out where to go to diagnose the problem and find our recommended solutions. Lenovo Diagnostics Lenovo Diagnostics contains a suite of quick and extended tests that include memory, storage (SSD, SATA and SAS), optical, wireless, mother board, CPU, video and RAID. The diagnostics are available as a bootable, or a downloadable package that can be run under Windows (or Linux) operating systems. Monitor System Health If you want to check and monitor your system health then check out the Lenovo Solution Center (LSC). LSC acts as a central hub for monitoring system health and security. With LSC, you can monitor your system’s virus and firewall status, update your software, perform a backup, check battery health, and get registration and warranty information. You can also immediately test or schedule a test of your system’s hardware, and learn from hints and tips to achieve maximum system performance. LSC uses a snapshot feature, which allows you to compare your current hardware and software configuration with the earlier configuration that was created the first time you launched Lenovo Solution Center. Download LSC for Windows 8.1 

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App (this post originally appeared on Lenovo Support) For our advanced, tech-savvy users out there, we know you may want to enter Setup Utility or the Boot Menu in Windows 8.1. Here’s how to do it. By default, a Windows 8/8.1 shutdown is not a real shutdown. Instead, it is hybrid shutdown where contents of memory are saved to disk. This allows for a faster startup. However, turning on the PC after a hybrid shutdown does not allow for pressing F1 or F12 during startup. There are several ways to enter Setup Utility (F1) or the Boot Menu (F12) on a Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 PC as explained below: Press and hold the Shift key while selecting the Shutdown option in Windows 8. This will make the PC perform a full shutdown instead of a hybrid shutdown. Then F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup. Select Restart instead of Shutdown. Then F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup. Disable the fast startup option in Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Choose what the power buttons do. It is also possible to access these features from within Windows 8/8.1. To enter Setup Utility: Open the Charms Bar by pressing Windows Key-C or by swiping in from the right edge of your screen Click on Settings Click on Change PC Settings Click on General Scroll to the...

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App (this post originally appeared on Lenovo Support) We hope you never run into any issues with your new PC, but with that being said, we want to help you troubleshoot and fix any problems that may arise. A USB recovery drive can help you, even if your PC won't start. Your PC might have come with a recovery image that’s used to refresh or reset your PC. The recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition on your PC, and is typically 3-6 GB in size. Windows 8.1 includes a built-in tool to create a USB recovery drive. Windows will let you know how big the recovery partition is, and you'll need a USB flash drive at least that big. Please note that creating a recovery drive will erase anything already stored on your USB flash drive. Use an empty USB flash drive or make sure to transfer any important data from your USB flash drive to another storage device before using it to create a USB recovery drive. To create a USB recovery drive: 1.  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search. 2.  Enter “recovery drive” in the search box, and then tap or click “Create a recovery drive”. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice....

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team After buying your new PC or tablet, we know you can't wait to get it up and running. If you’re new to Lenovo or are getting used to a new device and the Windows 8.1 operating system, follow these 10 steps for a seamless experience. Everything listed below can also be done directly through the Lenovo Companion app, which is preloaded on all Lenovo Windows 8.1 devices, so be sure to go there first! 1.  Get to Know Your New PC Lenovo Companion will be your go-to app for everything related to your new device. You’ll find your system’s user guide, warranty status, accessories, plus dozens of helpful articles on everything from learning Windows 8.1 to squeezing more hours from your battery. You’ll also find information about the modern apps preloaded on your system to make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. So before you head over to the Windows Store, explore the apps that are preloaded on your device and check out the 

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint. Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences. And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.” The tech-savvy are dubbing it “one cable to connect them all.” So, what exactly is this exciting new technology and why should you care about it? To understand why a small device will be such a big deal, you’ll first need a brief lesson on the history of USBs. First, there are the types: USB Type-A is the original standard with a flat, rectangular shape that most commonly plugs into desktops. USB Type-B is a smaller square form used mostly for connecting large devices like printers to PCs. There are also Mini USBs (used with older devices) and Micro USBs (currently the near-universal standard for smart phones and tablets.) Most consumers have become accustomed to cords that have one USB type on one end (to plug into a desktop, for...

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