My 7 year old dealt with this years ago and did fine. Give them credit that they'll figure it out.
As to backup and restore, what makes you think it won't restore?
"Can I use the Thinkvantage button and re-format and re-install XP?"
No. The ebayers usually install pirate OS copies and that button is Dead On Arrival.
I bought an IBM T42 on eBay for my niece. The laptop hard drive is partitioned into two drives, and it has both the Windows XP and Windows 7 (a trial version) operating systems installed. My niece is only 8, and I doubt she'll understand how to choose one or the other. I would prefer to re-partition the hard drive into only one drive and install only XP.
Does anyone know how I can do this? Can I use the Thinkvantage button and re-format and re-install XP? Can I use rescue disks? I have the disks for T40 - will those work, or do I need to order T42?
I'd like to backup before trying anything. If I use Acronic True Image to make a backup and then tinker with the formatting, would I be able to restore if I screw it up?
Thanks for any help.