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You will need to get a copy of the recovery disk from IBM, contact IBM, the disk carries the operating system and all the drivers for the laptop. The disk is in most cases about $20.00
Go to the IBM support site on the Internet for ordering info.
this is an old model. if your actual specification actually meets Win 7, it may work, however, the challenge would be with the drivers. You can go to http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support and select your correct T40 edition to confirm the availability of the system drivers that you need after making sure your actual specification like process speed, amount of memory available, video controller and disk space are all met.
When you download the T40 device drivers, they need to be the XP versions.
When you run the driver programs they will be unzipped/expanded to the hard drive in a folder c:\drivers. Then you need to open the various folders and run the setup programs to install the various drivers.
NOTE - The T40 series laptops come with various different manufacturers devices (eg. there are a few different wireless model LANs) and if one version driver doesn't work you need to install a different one. It is a bit of trial and error to find the right one.