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- Percival P. Cassidy
June 17, 2005, 3:07 pm
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sticker on the bottom with the License Key, but it came with only a disk
containing some drivers and no Windows disk. ISTR that the Thinkpads may
have had a recovery partition on the drive instead of a separate
Now he is trying to install a printer and gets told to insert the Win98
CD. He called the local computer store where he bought the machine, but
they tell him he'll have to get a Win98 disk on eBay or from M$.
I do have a Win98 disk I'll let him use to get the printer installed,
but I have questions:
1. If there is indeed a Recovery Partition on the drive, how would one
access a specific driver from it?
2. If there is no Recovery Partition and a Win98 disk was originally
supplied with the machine, was it kosher for the store to sell him the
machine without that disk? (A private sale would be a different story
Re: Thinkpad recovery disk/partition
ASFAIK, IBM didn't start using the hidden partition restoration software
until much later models with Win2k ??? and WinXP.
Resale is always a buyer beware situation - caveat emptor!
You may be able to find a disk for the TP 600 on eBay but beware there
were quite a few different models and not every disk will work with your
TP. Also, they function by formatting the HDD and reinstalling the
factory load so you will loose all data and updates that might be on the
The Mickysoft COA sticker on the bottom may or may not cover additional
owners, you would have to check that out.