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Reinstalling original Windows

Several years ago I bought a Thinkpad A21 with Windows ME installed. I replaced ME with XP. Now of course the computer is maxed out and unable to perform. I have bought a newer laptop and want to know if and how I can reinstall the ME system so I can give it to my granddaugter.

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Such Computers Usually Had Recovery Discs

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If you have them, then simply use the Recovery disc to format the disc, then reinstall the old operating system and all programs back to it's factory state.. If you don't have those Recovery Discs, then try contacting the manufacturer to get them.. One problem: Many computer manufacturers no longer support Windows Me systems.. It may not be possible to obtain the discs from the manufacturer.

In order to proceed, you'll need to let us know more about what items you still have in your possession.

Hope this helps.


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Such Computers Usually Had Recovery Discs.

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I still have the ME disk,do I have to delete the XP programs before I reinstall ME? I guess that is the part that I'm really not sure about. How do I format the disk before I use the ME disk?

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hope this helps

In reply to: Such Computers Usually Had Recovery Discs.

I'm not sure about ME but most modern operating systems will automatically format (what's called a destructive system recovery in the recovery console - boot to the recovery console from your disk and see if that's an option)If you can do that then it'll automatically format the hard drive for you. Otherwise, use a disk such as BART PE (google it) to boot into DOS and use "fdisk c:" (replace c: with your primary windows partition, if it is a drive letter other than C) - then insert the disk and boot to it (instead of BART PE) and you'll have yourself a fresh, clean C: drive to install Windows ME on.

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hope this helps

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Thanks a lot, I will try that. At least now I have some idea of what I'm doing.

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