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Need to find start up disk for windows xp pro/ ibm

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need to find start up disk for windows xp pro/ ibm. computer is in dos and states i need start up disk to go to repair disk. Can not find disk at ibm or microsoft. I guess computer to old.

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Well this web page has the specs for you laptop:-

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-54877.html

From what I've seen, it probably had XP loaded originally.

Now you could try contacting Microsoft for a genuine copy of XP complete with COA. Of see if you can get a copy from a PC shop or even ebay.

I'd be tempted to go down the slightly more adventurous route and download a copy of XUBUNTU. Its a Linux based operating system. A lighter version of the main (Ubuntu) designed for older laptops.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

  • dgsturt Apr 30, 2010

    Another thought came to mind, you can download the Ultimate Boot CD for free:-

    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    Once loaded, onto your laptop it gives you a windows shell and loads of diagnostic tools which may help.


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http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-4UFUYK.html

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