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Upgrading to Windows XP from Windows 98/Me/2000/NT - ThinkPad General

This is the set of install instructions for a Microsoft Windows XP Professional upgrade over your existing Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Me, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT preload. These instructions are valid for those ThinkPad systems listed in The Windows XP Setup Guide for ThinkPad Systems. The operating system will take approximately one hour for the base operating system install and approximately one hour to finalize the process. The final hour of install depends upon the total number of applications that need to be upgraded or reinstalled. There are specific ThinkPad utilities that are required for proper operation of the ThinkPad computer. These utilities vary from one machine class to another. Please download and have available the specific device drivers and utilities required for the specific class of ThinkPad that XP is being installed on. Please visit the ThinkPad device driver matrix for those specific drivers and utilities.

  1. Before you install or upgrade your system to Windows XP, you must update the BIOS of your ThinkPad. If you do not update the BIOS before installing Windows XP, you may encounter problems during the installation of Windows XP and Windows XP may not operate properly. The BIOS versions that have been tested with Windows XP are noted in the additional information section of each BIOS document. Please also note that some systems (T23, X20, X21) require updating both BIOS and the embedded controller firmware separately. Visit the ThinkPad device drive matrix to download and install the latest BIOS for your machine.
  2. Recover the preload that shipped with your machine. Doing so before installing Windows XP produces the best results. If an upgrade is performed over an existing preload, (that is one with applications and data) unpredictable results may occur.
  3. Insert Windows XP Professional CD into the CD / DVD drive, and allow Autorun to launch the Windows XP setup.
  4. Click Install Windows XP at Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen.
  5. Highlight Upgrade in installation type and click Next to continue.
  6. If you agree, click I accept the agreement at License Agreement screen and click Next to continue. The End User License Agreement is very important in Windows XP, take the time to read and understand it. Contact Microsoft to clarify any questions or issues.
  7. Enter the Product Key (located on Windows XP CD case) and click Next to continue.
  8. Click Skip this step and continue installing Windows at the Getting updated setup files screen, and click Next to continue.
  9. A Report of System Compatibly will be generated. Save the document so that you can refer back to it at a later date. This report details all the device drivers and installed applications that may need updating after the Windows XP install is complete.
  10. The computer will reboot and continue installation of Windows XP.
  11. More file copy will occur and system will reboot again after the Preparing Installation phase is complete.
  12. Next the Installing Windows phase occurs, with a progress bar and setup timer running. The LCD may blank during this phase.
  13. Installation of Network will occur if Network Adapters are detected.
  14. When Setup finishes the system will reboot.
  15. After the Welcome to Microsoft Windows screen appears, the following screens will depend upon the user choices exercised. Since these choices are machine and user dependent, these instructions will follow the most common choices.
  16. When the Activate Windows screen appears, make the appropriate choice. These instructions assume that the activation does not occur at the time of install. The Windows Activation must occur within the allotted 15 or 30 days. Refer to the Windows Help if questions arise on Windows Activation.
  17. When the Registration screen appears, make the appropriate choice and follow the screen prompts. Registration is voluntary, and not required.
  18. Create user accounts as desired for the number of users who will require access to the system, and click Next to continue.
  19. Click Finish to finalize install, and launch Windows XP.

This concludes the Windows XP base operating system install.

There are specific ThinkPad utilities that are required for proper operation of the ThinkPad computer. Below is a list of utilities that should be installed. Most of these utilities are designed for use on multiple Windows based operating systems. These drivers can be found on the ThinkPad Device Matrix

  • ThinkPad Configuration Utility for Windows 98/2000 (ThinkPad 570, 600, and 770 Series models)
  • Utility for Windows 2000 (ThinkPad 390 Series models)
  • Utility for Windows 98/2000 (ThinkPad model 240)
  • Utility for Windows 98/2000 (ThinkPad A, T, X series models)
  • Notebook Manager for Windows 2000 (ThinkPad i Series models)
  • ThinkPad ESS AudioRack32 (ThinkPad 2621 model only)

Refer to The Windows XP Setup and Technical Guide for ThinkPad Notebooks for the specific utility versions and install instructions.

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3. Lenovo Support Forum
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Document ID : HT036710
Legacy Document ID : MIGR-40053
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