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rboverman
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Need lenovo t61 Windows XP Pro installation disks

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My pastor got a t61 from his daughter and they did not know any of the passwords.  Not knowing much about this, I searched and could not find any information that would let me get in the system to do anything.  I finally wiped  the hard drive clean.  I was able to get a Linux distribution loaded, and was able to get a Dell repair/installation disk to run, but there were several drivers missing and I could not get the machine to do anything. I despreately need to get this system going... I have worked several hours on it and even tried to install Win 8 final beta release, but I need a Windows operating system on it and I'm not sure that I will be able to get the drivers need for Win 8..... could someone please give me some assistance?

 

Blayne Overman

 

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rboverman
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Re: Need lenovo t61 Windows XP Pro installation disks

I was able to get Win 8 Preview installed... but would like to know how to get back to Win XP Pro.

Thanks so much for any help or advice you can share.
sarbin
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Re: Need lenovo t61 Windows XP Pro installation disks

Recovery DVDs are your best bet. It couldn't hurt to try calling Lenovo support and asking to purchase them. You may be out of luck, on that avenue at least, if your machine is out of warranty.

 

Another avenue would be to get a winxp disk matching the COA on the underside of your machine and install using the license key on the sticker. You'd need to install all of the Lenovo drivers yourself, though, vs the factory image installed from an official recovery set.

 

hth.


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Re: Need lenovo t61 Windows XP Pro installation disks


sarbin wrote:

Recovery DVDs are your best bet. It couldn't hurt to try calling Lenovo support and asking to purchase them. You may be out of luck, on that avenue at least, if your machine is out of warranty.


If Lenovo still carries recovery media for T61/WinXP then he should be able to buy a set regardless of warranty status. But if not, there are 3rd parties who still sell them, e.g. IBM Lenovo Thinkpad Recovery T61 T61p Restore Disks. (They claim to be Lenovo and IBM business partners.)

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Re: Need lenovo t61 Windows XP Pro installation disks

Great info, thanks!

 

rboverman, please take note.

 

Cheers!


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