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Joe A.TT 14. Apr 2015 06:53 PM

Suggestions for the Novo button?
I did a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo laptop this weekend. It was the first time I ever attempted a clean install but I prepared for it and every thing went as smoothly as can be expected.

In case you don't know, all Lenovo laptops come with a Novo button. This is a physical button that you can press to open a backup and recovery program called Lenovo OneKey Recovery. The button even works when the computer is Off, so you can use it to recover your computer from an image you made previously.

After the clean install, I didn't reinstall the OneKey software as I'm currently using Macrium as my backup program and I'm quite satisfied with. Obviously, I can't really expect the button to work because of this. However, if possible, I would like to make use of this button seeing that it is already on my laptop.

I searched and found a free program called Lenovo OKR (Novo) Button Mapper. This program lets me to choose any program or file to open when I press the Novo button. For the record, I have set it to open Macrium. It works well actually, but but only when the computer is On. If the computer is Off and I press the button I get the menu shown below.

This menu above is the same as it was before I re-imaged the computer. I have tested it and the first 3 options still work as per usual. Actually, I'm quite pleased that these options are still working because I can use it to get into the UEFI without having to fiddle with F2 and making sure I get the timing right. However, if I select the 4th option it starts the computer instead of launching "System recovery". Obviously I can't expect it to start "system recovery" since the OneKey software is no longer on my system. What I would like to do is re-purpose this option do something else. Ideally, if it could launch some sort of recovery program that would be great. I have searched but haven't found a way to do that. I am open to suggestions.


Remah 15. Apr 2015 05:48 AM

"Firmware modding" is probably what you want to search for.

It's probably not worth the hassle for the saving of one key press. The menu is embedded in the firmware so I expect that your options are to edit the firmware image or create a new image of your own - the latter is generally ill-advised.

Joe A.TT 15. Apr 2015 02:51 PM

Thanks for the advice Remah. I'll will leave it alone.

Remah 17. Apr 2015 01:12 PM

Joe, I had a look on ThinkWiki and there is some info on the button that might be of interest to you.

Joe A.TT 17. Apr 2015 02:07 PM

Thanks for the link Remah, however, it doesn't apply to me. It's my fault really. I should have been clearer in the first place. I have a Lenovo G500, not a ThinkPad. The G500 is from the Essential line which is aimed at budget users, whereas the ThinkPad line is aimed at business users. Nevertheless, all Lenovo laptops do have a Novo button, but it appears that as though the button is mapped differently in newer laptops. Apparently, at one time it was possible to remap the Novo button with KeyTweak but that is no longer possible in newer laptops. I found out about it in this post.

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