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Paper Tape
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-08-2010
Location: buffalo ny
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how to do a factory restore

about 4 years ago my husband picked me up a ibm thinkpad t20 at a truckstop while on a run. he has boughten me a new laptop, but i would like to give my old one away. but before i do that i would like to do a factory restore to wipe out my info. can anyone tell me how?? i do not have any discs . my operating sysyem on it is windows xp

thanks for anyones help


Retired Guru
Posts: 371
Registered: ‎05-20-2008
Location: Thunder Bay, Canada
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Re: how to do a factory restore

if you still have the original hard drive, it might stil lhave the IBM service partition.  TO access it, press F11 while restarting, or the blue thinkvantage button if your laptop has it (If it starts loading windows, then something is wrong).


It will bring you to a screen asking you how you would like to restore your computer.  From there just follow the instructions and you'll be as good as new in no time.

T61 15.4" T9300 (2.5GHz 6MB L2) Windows 7 Professional x64 4GB Memory, NVidia Quadro NVS 140M