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Restoring IBM thinkpads?


My ibm thinkpad doesnt seem to start in windows to many missing files, when i start it up, it goes into ms dos, i want to format my hard drive and reinstall windows, yet the problem is that the laptop doesnt have a floppy drive, and it doesnt boot from the cd rom, and i couldnt find the cd cdrive in dos either.


This question was answered on January 13, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Most IBM Thinkpads have a hidden partition that contains a restore for your laptop, you may want to do a restore than format your machine When you are booting up the laptop you should be prompted to hit the blue (Access IBM) button or another key to enter the BIOS, once in there should be an option to restore factory installation if not then you may need to purchase the CD's from IBM.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 13, 2004