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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.

  • My Lenovo Vantage App seems to be caught in an infinite loop. I get the splash screen and it never moves beyond or get an error message. I’ve uninstalled it and reinstalled it without any success. The error message is” Vantage has encountered a problem”. I’ve downloaded the most recent update to the Lenovo System Interface Driver without any success.

    • I have the same problem and it began after a Windows 10 update. The Lenovo in question is a Y50-70 probably 2-3 years old. I have another Lenovo for my personal use maybe a month over a year old and it is fine. The two units are very similar but not the same model. Of course, the unit that no longer works is the one I purchased for s society that I belong to. I see this problem listed in many places and tried some of the fixes recommended, does not work. I think it is a metadata situation but do not feel like taking an end around by installing Windows 10 again while maintaining your old data and programs.

  • How can I keep Lenovo from shutting down whatever I am doing, all the windows and files I have open with no advance notice? Very Angry. I would like to delete all lenovo software.

    • I have the same Lenovo Vantage update/shutdown of my desktop. The screen goes black, then the Windows sound doodle that happens when an HDMI connection is lost. I have to restart my machine to get back a complete reading of what I was doing. I don’t have an answer for you. Just agreeing.

  • hi, im just worried about going ahead with these critical updates on my Lenovo ideapad 310, ive only had it 3months, bios update -10(64) Lenovo fw update for Seagate rosewood 2d hdd – 10 (64), LAPTOP DETAILS- serial number- PFORVCJX, PRODUCT NUMBER- 80TV, BIOS- 3JCN26WW, when I click ok to go ahead, its says, this bios is only for thinkpad 310/315, do you want to go ahead and download, don’t know what to do

  • My laptop mic is turned off automatically after a short time. to use my mic again, i need to manually turn on my mic through lenovo vantage or through pc settings. do you think its because lenovo vantage?, or there’s a problem with my laptop?. and maybe you have any suggestion for me?. thanks.

  • I uninstalled Lenovo Vantage from my new laptop. It was causing all kinds of issues with my touch display including ghost touches and strange brightness spikes and dips. It was also constantly accessing my microphone. After uninstalling Vantage, my laptop functioned like a normal laptop.

    • How did you do it? I inadvertently let the program be installed. I HATE IT! Found the exact same problem as you. Can’t find it in programs and features. Followed another’s advice to find it in the menu and uninstall. It still has not completely gone. Screen is as bright as ever and audio is ridiculously low. FN buttons do little if anything to change that. Now what?

      • find the lenovo vantage app in the windows start menu then right click on it and then select uninstall. I did it that way.

  • I just purchased my Lenovo Flex 5 about 3 months ago and I keep getting the pop up to install Bios update for the Lenovo Vantage. I hate updates because then afterwards, the computer will malfunction in some type of way. I am trying to figure out if this is a must to do??

  • I dont personally find this software lightweoght as is takes up 13 gb from my 26gb of storage.(Lenovo yoga 330)

  • I have a Thinkpad S440, has served me well over the years. I am very reluctant to download Vantage since I have very bad experiences adding software on other PC’s I have had. I blocked basically everything I do not need on this Thinkpad and in addition installed the full version of Norton and fulle security, whitelist what I need. My Thinkpad has lasted me for more than 5 years and it still works satisfactorily. This the first PC that has lasted me for more than three years since I bought my first one back in teh good old DOS days in 1989. That one had 4 Kbyte of RAm and 128 Kbyte hard drive 🙂 TImes change

  • I have a Lenova desk top and the Lenova vantage install was forced on me. I uninstalled because it slowed performance way down and caused me to reenter my router password every time one of its pop-ups, popped in on the right of my screen. After uninstall everything is back to normal and working good! My media is working better too!

  • “lightweight an unobstrusive”, haha…. It is basically just to show nice offers and stuff with a tiny bit of irrelevant infos. It is definitely not a software you need. There is older Lenovo Software that updates your system without all the offers and crap.
    Nothing more fun than to sit in a train at 15% Power start “Vantage” just to see that it connects to the internet to download the newest crap before it lets you flip that switch… ZzzzZZzzz Can`t think of a worse Software.

  • My niece’s Lenovo Yoga 510 has collapsed during a Vantage bios 10 (64) update, now it can’t be switched on at all, and it’s Novo button doesn’t work either, what should we do in order to make it functional again? HDD replacement?

  • Good review. I have a Lenovo Legion Y530 and was thinking of subscribing to smart performance by lenovo vantage, any recommendations on that regard? I also have installed McAfee so I don’t know if its gonna bumb with it. Thank you

  • I have a paid up one year to the Smart scan.. I hate it. please take it off. i don’t like to wait for it to check everything.




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