Hackers and unscrupulous software developers release hundreds of viruses, malware and spyware onto the Internet. Some of these threats can render the Windows operating system (OS) completely unusable. If viruses or other software threats have corrupted the Windows installation on your ThinkPad X200 laptop, antivirus products may not help. In serious cases of system infections, the only viable option may be to restore the X200 by using the hard drive recovery partition to recover the operating system and reset the laptop to factory default settings.
Use an external hard drive or USB flash drive to back up important documents, files and program data. Do not back up programs--only the data. Alternatively, burn important files to a CD or DVD.
Power off the ThinkPad X200 laptop. Disconnect any external peripherals from the notebook. Connect the AC power adaptor, if it is not already connected.
Power on the X200. When you first see the IBM logo screen, press the "ThinkVantage" button on the keyboard.
Press the "Down" arrow key on the keyboard a few times and position the cursor over the "ThinkPad Product Recovery Program" option. Press the "Enter" key. After the "ThinkPad Recovery Menu" appears on the screen, press the "F11" key. The ThinkPad X200 starts the recovery and restore process.
Follow the on-screen prompts to restore the X200's factory default hardware settings and reinstall original software from the recovery partition. After the recovery process finishes, the X200 recovery manager displays a confirmation screen. After the confirmation message appears, press any key on the keyboard to restart the laptop. Allow the recovery manager application to finalise the restore process and wait for the X200 to boot into Windows.
Things you need
- External hard drive or USB flash drive (optional)
- CD/DVD burner drive (optional)