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Read/write info to Asset Tag in BIOS (Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop)

For some reasons you want to remove the Asset tag in BIOS of a laptop (in my case, it’s the Lenovo and I’m on Windows 7)

First, you go here to get the utility to read/write information to the Asset tag

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-75237

Then download,

Utility to Read and Write Asset ID Information — 6iaw03ww.exe — it could be a different file name.

Make sure you know where to save the exe file (eg. save on the Desktop)

Run the exe file to extract the utility. You can extract to your preferred drive (C, D or whatever) or its default directory.

In my case, I just use the default location (C:\Drivers\WINAIA)

Now it’s time to edit the Asset Tag.

Click Start button and type cmd into the box, right click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator, click Yes if you see a confirmation

cmd.exe

cmd.exe

Type the following commands on ONE line and end with the Enter button.

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cd\

cd drivers\winaia

Now you should see, C:\Drivers\WinAIA\

To see the current Asset tag info, type

WinAIApackage.exe –get  [an window will pop up and show you the current info on your Asset tag, Click OK on the pop up to close it]

winaia

Example of Asset info

To set the Asset Tag, type (including the quotation marks)

WinAIAPackage.exe –set “USERASSETDATA.ASSET_NUMBER=this_could_be_anything” [click Yes to confirm if any]

That’s all I need to change but there are more if you want to play around with this.

This is the full list of commands you can use from Lenovo

All options, group names and field names are case-insensitive, except for the USERDEVICE group and the prefix value.

If no options are specified or an incorrect option is specified, then the help text for the utility is displayed.

Here is a list of the valid group names and their associated fields:

USERDEVICE [field1] – These fields are defined by the user.
: Maximum number of user fields is five.
[fieldn]
PRELOADPROFILE IMAGEDATE
IMAGE
USERASSETDATA PURCHASE_DATE
LAST_INVENTORIED
WARRANTY_END
WARRANTY_DURATION
AMOUNT
ASSET_NUMBER
LEASEDATA LEASE_START_DATE
LESE_END_DATE
LEASE_TERM
LEASE_AMOUNT
LESSOR
OWNERDATA OWNERNAME
DEPARTMENT
LOCATION
PHONE_NUMBER
OWNERPOSITION

 

Best,

Ricky

Sources: Lenovo Support

Remove purchased information on M4A files in iTunes

This tweak shows you how to remove the purchased information on songs brought from iTunes. (The songs could be a collection from different sources and somehow you have it.)

This is one of the reasons causes the pop-up asking usernam/password on your iPod touch/iPhone/iPad when you restore those devices from a backup WITH the music collection you have. For example, this one from Apple forum.

This is how you do it,

Open iTunes and left-click on your Music library. (I think the default setting when you get the latest version of iTunes is Music library already. If you see your songs already, you’re ready to jump to the next step)

Right-click anywhere on the columns showing Name, Time, Artist, Album,… look for Kind and left-click on it. Make sure you left-click on Kind column to sort all your songs by Kind.

After you sort by Kind, you will see if it’s a purchase ACC files or just the ACC files.

1

Sort by Kind

Right-click on the song you would like to remove the purchase information. If you want to check if that song is yours or somebody else, click on Get Info to see that info.

2

Check song’s info.

3

Example of the purchase info

If you would like to remove that info, left-click on Create ACC version instead of Get Info.

4

The new ACC file without purchase info will be in your Music folder. The default ACC quality is iTunes Plus which is equivalent to 256kbps. You can adjust this quality in iTunes’ Preferences (Edit > Preferences > General tab > Import settings). Pick option you have in there, higher that 256kbps is good but the size of ACC files will be increased).

5

Purchase info. is gone now. 😛

That’s all. I hope you can follow my steps.