Operating System, Common Application & ThinkPad Utilities Questions...
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I don't know about copyrights though, because I don't believe I seen any disclaimer to the documents, but since you mentioned it I think I would rather not post on the net, I don't want to be sued.
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This tread has a lot of old information in it. Let's see if we can not come up with something a bit simpler:
1. Backup My Documents (if you want to save your personal data).
2. Find your old Windows XP Pro CD.
3. Download N-Lite (freeware).
4. Download the latest service pack from microsoft (currnently SP3)
5. Use N-Light to copy your CD to the hard drive.
6. Use N-Light to slipstream the service pack into the copy.
6a. N-Lite has a lot of other options you may want to investigate.
7. Use N-Lite to burn a new bootable CD of the slipstreamed copy of Windows.
8. Boot up the CD and do a new install.
9. Install Thinkpad drivers from Lenovo's site.*
10. Install desired software (This is a good time to upgrade).
11. Restore My Documents if you backed it up.
I just did this for a HD upgrade on my X24 this weekend, so know it works. It would have been simpler if I had all the software in one place before I started. It has been the quickest full install, I have ever done (even figuring the N-Lite learning curve in).
*NOTE: I discovered that the only drivers I actually needed from Lenovo were the PowerManagement Driver, and the Display Driver. The others seem to be optional as Windows has something that works for everything else.
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Do you think it makes difference if you install Lenovo drivers after installing XP or just integrate them in the XP install CD using nLite?
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Has anyone used a Dell XP Pro reinstallation disc instead? It is almost identical to a normal XP disc. I suppose I could extract the i386 folder from the Dell disc and use this guide to make a disc but if I can avoid doing this that would be great.
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