W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

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W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#1 Post by shawross » Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:34 am

Lenovo Power Manager doesn't work because the Setup file is blocked.
The blocking mechanism is a so-called hard block and is applied by the Program Compatibility Assistant.
The following workaround fixed it for me:
Install the Windows 10 Assessment and Deployment Kit ( adksetup for Windows 10) and download from Microsoft. (when you install Windows ADK, choose only Application Compatibility Toolki (ACT))
From the start menu, run the Compatibility Administrator, either the 32-bit or the 64-bit version depending on your application
In the left-hand pane under System Database (32/64-bit) -> Applications, look for the corresponding application ( Lenovo Power Manager)
In the large pane on the right-hand side there should be an entry AppHelp - HARDBLOCK
Right-click the exe-file with the hard block and select Disable entry
Now you should be good to go. In my case I additionally had to set the program to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

After the Redstone Upgrade I had to reapply the "Fix" so keep this in mind for the future as MS will apply upgrades annually.

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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#2 Post by WVZR1 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:57 am

And how much HDD space does the ADK use on your machine?
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#3 Post by MikalE » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:30 am

6.6 GB if you install only what is checked off in the selection box by default. There is a selection that bumps it up to over 7 GB. And I did not check to see how big the SLQ database was.
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#4 Post by shawross » Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:58 pm

WVZR1 wrote:And how much HDD space does the ADK use on your machine?

When you download the ADK setup make sure you only install the "Compatibility Toolkit" which I think is no more than about 25 Mb download.

It won't bloat your system and my C:/ drive Windows 10 install is less than 15 Gb. I run a lean system and I only use a 65 Gb SSD.

I only use Lenovo Power Manager because of the battery threshold charging.

Remember on major system upgrades you will probably need to re-invoke the hardware block but the Compatibility Toolkit should still be installed.

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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#5 Post by cchsiao » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:02 pm

I don't know if this is obvious but I found that the lenovo setting software can be used to enable the charge threshold. See http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/accessorie ... /settings/ for more information.

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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#6 Post by shawross » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:38 pm

Older Lenovo / IBM systems aren't supported for use with Windows 10.

Many Forum members don't have much passion for the latest hardware offerings or Windows 10 as a matter of fact.

Newer systems you would realistically expect will be supported. YMMV
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#7 Post by Cigarguy » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:59 pm

Lenovo Power Manager is one of the few useful software that was part of the Thinkpad ecosystem. I'd wish Lenovo would continue to support it past Win 7. Instead they gave use more crap and bloatware.

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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#8 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:51 pm

Unfortunately to get Settings you need a Microsoft account.

There is a way to use the Microsoft account to install a Microsoft Store App, without linking the Microsoft account with your user. (STUPID IDEA, MICROSOFT!)

When you install Lenovo Settings it will try to make you install a newly released System Interface Driver, part of the Hotkey Integration Features, but the new SI Driver will mess up your Fn hotkeys and Mute buttons if you are using an older Thinkpad! If you are using Windows 10 on an older Thinkpad (T500 generation and older) you need to install Hotkey Integration Features Driver 3.81 (including its included, older and working, System Interface Driver package) for your hotkeys to remain working, but this older version still seems to work with Lenovo Settings, at least on the R500 I tested Lenovo Settings with.

Lenovo Settings may also prompt you to download a bunch of other hidden Lenovo updates that can't be found from anywhere else. I've let it download these and they haven't seemed to cause any problems, and may be necessary to get the custom battery threshold, as well as the battery gauge!
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New Lenovo Settings Battery Gauge

#9 Post by TPFanatic » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:01 pm

There is a new update package to Lenovo Settings n1lsd29w.exe ( https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/n1lsd29w.exe ) that includes an updated Battery Gauge. It is better looking and is finally as functional as the Windows battery gauge, in that it shows mouseover info. Clicking on it brings up an options window.

Windows advanced Power Options is all we have to set things like maximum processor speed and idle timers. It's not as easy to work with as Power Manager, but it works. Unfortunately you can only get 2 plans, Balanced and the last used one, to show up in either Windows' or Lenovos' battery gauges.

New battery gauge: http://i.imgur.com/p395RtL.png
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#10 Post by TPFanatic » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:05 am

Just reporting that the new Lenovo Battery gauge disappeared off my R500 running Windows 10. The setting to toggle it from Settings is gone too.

Installing the latest version of the old battery gauge brought the old version back which has all the settings except for the camera, but it lacks mouseover info:
https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mo ... 10ww30.exe

I will attempt to reinstall the n1lsd29w.exe dependency package and see if that fixes things.

It'd be nice if Lenovo had a darn thing to say about this but they're quiet and they suck. The page for downloading their battery gauge is gone but the download links still work. The hell. Guess how I'm finding the latest versions of everything.
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#11 Post by cros » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:30 am

See here: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.ph ... 22#p781543

The old Windows 7 power manager works fine on Windows 10, even for setting charge thresholds.

You just have to rename/copy one extracted setup file, and also periodically re-install as every annual/major update to Windows 10 re-runs the whitelist computability assessment and force-uninstalls anything deemed obsolete.

The same applies to the "Dolby" EQ/compressor that Lenovo distributed for Windows 7; it still works great in reality.

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Lenovo Settings causing high disk usage ?

#12 Post by TPFanatic » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:43 pm

A strange thing happeed to me today. My win10 testbed has been experiencing a lot of disk related slowdowns after any power change, with symptoms being 100% reported disk activity, poor desktop and start menu responsiveness, and an always on HDD light after a suspend resume, power on, or reboot.

Today I decided to see what would happen if I "reset" the Lenovo Settings app. The system immediately sped up. Now it still experiences high disk usage after a reboot or cold start but I'm no longer getting random slowdowns.

So... Settings could be a culprit to some of the issues I'm having.
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#13 Post by w0qj » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:07 pm

And here is the Readme.txt file if anyone is interested:
http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mob ... 10ww30.txt
http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mob ... 10ww30.exe
TPFanatic wrote:Just reporting that the new Lenovo Battery gauge disappeared off my R500 running Windows 10. The setting to toggle it from Settings is gone too.

Installing the latest version of the old battery gauge brought the old version back which has all the settings except for the camera, but it lacks mouseover info:
http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mob ... 10ww30.exe

I will attempt to reinstall the n1lsd29w.exe dependency package and see if that fixes things.

It'd be nice if Lenovo had a darn thing to say about this but they're quiet and they suck. The page for downloading their battery gauge is gone but the download links still work. The hell. Guess how I'm finding the latest versions of everything.
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#14 Post by nkn1506 » Tue May 02, 2017 5:41 am

I use x220. Upgrade window 10 creator 1703. Power Manager does not working. Lenovo setting is too. Help me please

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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#15 Post by w0qj » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:55 am

Lenovo Settings (for Windows 10)
http://www3.lenovo.com/se/sv/accessorie ... s/settings

Lenovo now has a new utility in Win10 Windows Store for free that allows you to control threshold settings for the charging your battery.
eg: charge when below 45%, stop charging at 55%.

Or change your charging settings to whatever you like.

It has the same functionality as the Power Manager from Windows 7.

In short, you do not need to force Lenovo Power Manager onto Windows 10 anymore.
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Re: W10: FIX for Lenovo Power Manager

#16 Post by hellosailor » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:17 pm

"404 Sidan hittades inte"

Sounds like that utility (what is that page, Swedish?) was pulled.

I don't find any trace that any Lenono Power Manager works in Win10, and works without collateral damage.

Anyone with a current solution on this? The Power Manager that they have posted on the US support pages for Win10, simply does not install. It is blocked out.
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