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Windows XP restore discs & lost recovery partition

2014-05-17, 8:40 AM

 

If I have two M series Thinkcentres having compatible machine types. Can I use a set of restore discs from the first Thinkcentre to factory install Windows XP onto a second Thinkcentre where the recovery partition and install drive became corrupted?

 

Also do Thinkcentre applications and utilities install under a retail copy of Windows XP (installed onto a Thinkcentre)?

 

e.g. Fingerprint reader software, Rescue and Recovery, Client Security, etc.

 

 

 

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Re: Windows XP restore discs & lost recovery partition

2014-05-17, 22:34 PM

Yes, if the model is the same (same first 4 digits) you can use the recovery discs on the second machine. You will load the disks, and then when that process is finished, you will select F11 at boot and then restore to factory state once the Windows Recovery loads.

 

No Thinkcentre specific applications will load with a retail copy of Windows. You will have to go to the Lenovo download pages and install the apps individually.

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Re: Windows XP restore discs & lost recovery partition

2014-05-17, 22:34 PM

Yes, if the model is the same (same first 4 digits) you can use the recovery discs on the second machine. You will load the disks, and then when that process is finished, you will select F11 at boot and then restore to factory state once the Windows Recovery loads.

 

No Thinkcentre specific applications will load with a retail copy of Windows. You will have to go to the Lenovo download pages and install the apps individually.

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Re: Windows XP restore discs & lost recovery partition

2014-05-26, 0:33 AM

Thanks for the reply.

 

 

 Using Lenovo's RnR installation discs both installations were successful. While restoring to a factory state a Windows re-activation was required to install each TC's COA. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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