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Hi - I have a ThinkPad R51 (used) PC Notebook. The computer only starts in dos mode - c:\ prompt. I have a copy of Windows XP that I would like to put on it - but the auto run function does not work. I tried putting the CD in the drive and restarting - no help. I tried switching to the D:\setup.exe prompt - but it doesn't recognize that either. Should I reformat the c: drive? Any suggestions on how to get Windows XP to install? Thanks.

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As you bootup the laptop press the F12 key and you can select an alternate boot device, select the CD drive.
Make sure you have the XP CD in the CD Drive.
If you cannot get this to work then you need to go to the BIOS and change the boot order to the CD drive as the first boot device. You can change it back again after you install XP.

As the installation starts follow the instructions, I suggest you setup XP this way.
1. Delete the existing partition (it would be most likely FAT16)
2. Create a new single NTFS partition (max. size).
3. Format the partition (full format not quick format)

After XP has been installed you will find that XP didn't install some drivers (eg. video, audio, model, LAN etc.) ou will need to download these drivers from IBM/Lenovo WEB site the support/download page. Make sure you select your laptop model and the XP drivers.
Download them from a computer that has Internet access. When you run these files on your computer they will unzip and copy to your C:\drivers folder, run each of the setup file for each driver.

Have fun

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What year is your laptop, win xp need at least 256meg ra, to run and at 250 meg it runs like ****

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