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T61 - how do I find my Windows XP Serial on a reformatted machine?

2008-05-28, 5:43 AM
Hi Guys,

I've totally reformatted my T61 due to being hit with malware/spyware that pretty much rendered my laptop useless.  This was the second time I've installed Windows using a legit XP disc I had for my desktop, but I used the serial number for that one and not the one on the recovery partition (which I've since wiped).

The good news is that I have copied the recovery partition over to my USB drive and should have all of the tools needed to rip a DVD. 

All I really need to do is find out my WindowsXP serial number so I can input it and be done.  I don't want to bother with reformatting for a 3rd time (long story) since getting my laptop just over a month ago!  The current version I have is an OEM verison and appears to have restrictions on it with the number of times it can be installed.

Anyone have any suggestions?  Will Lenovo have this on record?  I have a gut feeling that calling up Microsoft will be useless.


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Re: T61 - how do I find my Windows XP Serial on a reformatted machine?

2008-05-28, 14:56 PM

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Re: T61 - how do I find my Windows XP Serial on a reformatted machine?

2008-05-29, 0:04 AM
The factory install used a volume license number that is used on many thinkpads. You will have to have an OEM XP cd to use that number or the one on the bottom of your thinkpad. A retail cd probably won't accept the number.
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