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I have an IBM Thinkpad 380ED, Window was installed, it crashed, but I had a dell computer with windows software,. I can't get the software to reload on my thinkpad because it says write protected. I have deleted comes on.. I have Dell windows xp and drivers...but how do I install the program on to my thinkpad when it's write protected. PLEASE HELP..ASAP...I also have a desktop with xp installed but I got it from a small computer store with xp already installed.

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