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Reformatting without boot disc


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#1 Bassplayer15

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 09:40 AM

The laptop i'm using is pretty old, and has never been reformatted. It's running slow and I was gonna try starting from scratch just to see if it'll work better, because there is nothing on it I need. However I don't have the original xp disc. I've looked up and saw that there are ways to reformat without it, such as using a linux boot disc, but when then I would have no way to get an OS on the laptop. So i was wondering if there was a way to reformat everything but the essential OS files. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:00 AM

System manufacturer and model?

Have you checked the system user manual...for recovery/restore options which don't call for removeable media?

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:21 PM

Its an IBM Thinkpad, near the screen it says T43 and the product ID is 266849U. Im not sure which is the model, and I do not know where the user manual is.
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:46 PM

how to recover to factory defaults
http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/39t2332.pdf

something tells me this laptop came with windows vista. if so, whomever installed XP may have wiped the recovery partition.
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