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What is Lenovo Vantage? Should I get rid of it?

Lenovo Vantage
Taking a Vantage: the app is handy for managing updates

If you’ve got a Lenovo laptop, you’ve probably noticed an app called Lenovo Vantage has popped on your PC. It sounds like a pension scheme and an instant candidate for uninstallation, but it’s actually a useful set of utilities for keeping your laptop healthy and up-to-date. Here’s the lowdown.

What is Lenovo Vantage?

Vantage has three key sections: Health & Support, Hardware Settings and System Update. We’ll tackle each of these in turn.

Health & Support  This is the place to go if you’ve got a problem with your laptop. The Hardware Scan feature is like an MOT for laptops, checking all the key components are working as Lenovo intended. If you’ve got a faltering hard disk, dodgy memory stick or wobbly power supply, this will probably identify it.

This section also reveals the extent of your warranty and provides links to book an engineer visit or other warranty support care.

Hardware Settings  This includes a bunch of handy tweaks that you might not find in the regular Windows 10 Settings menu. From here, for example, you can switch on the clever Intelligent Cooling feature, which throttles performance when it detects the laptop’s being used on your lap, to keep the base cooler.

You’ll also find the option to set a new Battery Charge Threshold. What the Charlie Dickens does that do? Well, if you’re almost always using your laptop plugged into the mains, you’re better off setting the battery to charge to less than 100%. This will reduce the length of time the laptop can run on battery power, but improve the health of your battery in the long run. Given most laptop batteries can’t be replaced these days, that’s almost certainly worth doing.

System Update  In some ways this replicates the Windows Update settings, ensuring you’ve got the latest security patches from Microsoft. But it also houses Lenovo’s own hardware driver updates, letting you know if there’s a new piece of software for your graphics chip, touchpad or other components.

In my experience, major Windows updates often knock out the touchscreen on my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga X1. However, a quick visit to this section of the Vantage app often reveals a new display driver that returns the touchscreen to working order.

Should I uninstall Lenovo Vantage?

No. It’s lightweight and unobtrusive, yet contains several useful features, especially if you’ve got a problem with your PC. This is one of those rare pieces of bundled software that’s actually worth keeping.

Now click here: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen hands-on review: the best Windows 10 tablet around?

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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  • I appear to have acquired Lenovo Vantage on my desktop and it has mucked up all of my Excel folders (I no longer see the Excel icon just the Lenovo ‘L’ icon – I can’t open any Excel filtes, and when I try to create a new Excel file – just just saves as Lenovo …. which I then can’t open! I just get the Lenovo images looping round – can’t find any way of getting rid of it – or using excel – totally frustrating

    • That is very strange. Can’t think of any good reason why Vantage should be associated with Excel files – it’s not spreadsheet software. You might try looking at your default program settings and ensure Excel is set to open all xslx files.

  • I have Lenovo desktop AND laptop. On my desktop it keeps inundating me with annoying pop-ups trying to make me use their voice control/Cortana which I DON’T want to use. Is there a way of at least disabling that feature (and notifications)? Thank you.

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