T420/s/i/si running Windows XP

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T420/s/i/si running Windows XP

#1 Post by Whitieiii » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:01 pm

can windows XP be run on a t420/s/i/si... I might get one if said can be done... which one of the sub models should I get? I definitely need a cd drive built in... i'm leaning toward the i3-2310M model with 4 GB of ram and 1366x768 display... it won't be upgraded from Windows XP since I got other machines that will run newer windows but if xp can run on it it will be tempting since i've never had a laptop with windows xp

if XP can not run on T420 I can still buy the T420 just a higher end model and load windows 7 on it and downgrade my T410 which already has windows 7 to Windows XP
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 55 or 58GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 2x320 GB HDD Win XP & 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 120 GB SSD win 7 Pro
T430 3rd Gen i5 6GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro

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Re: T420/s/i/si running Windows XP

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:43 pm

Who would have thought that Lenovo has Windows XP drivers for T420 on their website. You can also use System Update (whatever the XP version is) to get the goods.

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product ... beta=false

Unless you have that 64 bit XP, you'll be running a 32 bit OS that can't use more than 3GB of Ram anyway. XP also lacks TRIM support for SSDs. It'd be one fast XP computer regardless.
Daily driver: lenovo T500 P9700, WUXGA, 8GB
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T420 runs Windows XP fine

#3 Post by TKuser » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:53 pm

Windows XP runs AOK on a T420. Official drivers are available from Lenovo, and security patches that work on XP are available for another two years (just search for posready 2019).

As mentioned, you're limited to ~3.5gb of RAM, and you also have to use workarounds to access >2TB hard drives. But you've got XP.

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Re: T420/s/i/si running Windows XP

#4 Post by Whitieiii » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:00 pm

ya I only need at most 256 GB of hdd and 3.5 GB ram.... that's good to know so I will be getting a T420 Soon!
My Current Thinkpad Collection:
A30 Pentium 3 512MB ram 55 or 58GB HDD Win 98SE
T410 1st Gen i5 4GB ram 2x320 GB HDD Win XP & 7 Pro
X220 2nd Gen i5 8GB ram 120 GB SSD win 7 Pro
T430 3rd Gen i5 6GB ram 500GB HDD Win 7 Pro
T440s 4th Gen i5 8GB ram 300 GB SSD win 10 Pro

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