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Microsoft Windows XP setup guide for ThinkPad systems - ThinkPad General

This document describes the steps for installing Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system and updating the system BIOS and drivers on supported ThinkPad systems. The document also contains hints, tips, and limitations found during testing of Windows XP retail products on the ThinkPad systems specified in this documentation. In some cases, the document will suggest that you take steps prior to installing or upgrading Windows XP. Therefore, it is recommended that you read the entire document before installing Windows XP, and follow the instructions given.

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Checking compatibility

This section will help you to determine if your ThinkPad Notebook system supports Windows XP.

Check if your peripheral devices are compatible with Windows XP

If you have any peripheral devices, you will need to check if they are Windows XP ready. Visit the web sites of the manufacturers of the devices to see if they are compatible with Windows XP. You may need to download the device driver for the devices. You can also refer to the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) provided by Microsoft. Visit http://www.Microsoft.com for the HCL information.

Check if your application software is compatible with Windows XP

You will also need to check if all of your necessary software applications are compatible with Windows XP. Visit the web sites of the manufacturers of the application software for the compatibility information of the application software. You may also want to check Microsoft's Windows XP home page for any known compatibility issues of the application software.

System requirements


In order to install and run Windows XP on your ThinkPad system without having problems, you must check if your ThinkPad meets the System Requirements determined by Microsoft. For the complete information about the System Requirements, please visit Microsoft's Windows XP home page. The following is a listing of some important requirements that you need to be aware before installing Windows XP.

CPU
All of the systems listed in the ThinkPad systems that support Windows XP section below meet the minimum CPU speed requirement of 233MHz. For better performance, 300MHz or greater is recommended.

  • Minimum: 233MHz
  • Recommended: 300MHz

Memory
Install memory now if your ThinkPad system does not meet the minimum memory requirement of 64MB or you will not be able to install Windows XP. If you want to increase the size of the memory for better performance, you should install the additional memory now (before installing Windows XP).

  • Minimum: 64MB (may limit performance and some features)
  • Recommended: 128MB
    Notes:
    • Your ThinkPad Notebook must have at least 64MB of memory to install Windows XP. However, it is strongly recommended that you install at least 128MB memory especially for the system that has slower CPU.
    • If you install Windows XP into the system with less than 96MB of memory, Windows XP will disable some features, such as fast user switching, and they will not be enabled automatically even if you install the additional memory after the installation is completed.

hard drive
1.5GB of free space is required. You must have at least 1.5GB of free space in your hard drive to install Windows XP.

ThinkPad systems that support Windows XP


Numerous ThinkPad systems have been tested and it has been determined that they support Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition. The following list shows the current ThinkPad systems that support Windows XP. Before installing Windows XP, make sure that your ThinkPad system is on the list. Systems manufactured after October 2001 may not be listed here, but they will support Windows XP.
Visit the following links to view limitations:

Common Windows XP limitations
Application limitations

ThinkPad (TP) systems that support Windows XPSoftware and Device Driver File Matrix (DDFM)System specific limitations
Installation instructions
UpgradeBlank hard drive
ThinkPad i Series 1200/1300TP 1200/1300 DDFMTP i Series limitations
Upgrade installation
Note:
See special considerations
Clean installation
ThinkPad i Series 1400/1500 (machine types 2621 and 2651 only)TP 1400/1500 DDFMTP i Series limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad 240, 240X, 240ZTP 240 DDFMTP 240, 570, 600, and 770 limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad 390, 390E, and 390X
ThinkPad i Series 1720 and 1721
TP 390 DDFMTP 390 limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad 570 and 570ETP 570 DDFMTP 240, 570, 600, and 770 limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad 600, 600E, and 600XTP 600 DDFMTP 240, 570, 600, and 770 limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad 770E/ED, 770X, and 770Z
Note: ThinkPad 770 systems do not support Windows XP
TP 770 DDFMTP 240, 570, 600, and 770 limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad A20m and A20pTP A20 DDFMTP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installationClean installation
ThinkPad A21e, A21m, and A21pTP A21 DDFMTP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installation
Note:
See special considerations for A21e
Clean installation
ThinkPad A22e, A22m, and A22pTP A22e DDFM
TP A22m and A22p DDFM
TP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installation
Note:
See special considerations for A22m and A22p
Clean installation
ThinkPad A30TP A3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad A30pTP A3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad A31TP A3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad A31pTP A3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad R30TP R3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad R31TP R3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad R32TP R3* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad T20, T21, T22, and T23TP T2* DDFMTP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installation
Note:
See special considerations for T23
Clean installation
ThinkPad T30TP T30 DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad X20 and X21TP X2* DDFMTP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installation
Note:
See special considerations
Clean installation
ThinkPad X22TP X2* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad X23TP X2* DDFMNot availableInstall instructions
ThinkPad X24TP X2* DDFM

Not available

Install instructions
ThinkPad TransNoteTP TransNote DDFMTP A2*, T2*, X2*, and TransNote limitationsUpgrade installation for TransNoteClean installation for TransNote


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