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Install Windows® XP in Lenovo® ThinkPad T410

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How do you install Windows XP in Lenovo ThinkPad T410?

Lenovo ThinkPad T410 has not changed in its build and design as compared to the other Lenovo ThinkPad T series models. The laptop comes with a new dedicated graphics memory for processing games and applications that needed this memory. The system featured the NVIDIA NVS 3100M graphics card which has a dedicated 256MB memory. The system has the latest hardware support that makes the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 one of the best business laptops to buy. The system comes preloaded with the latest Windows 7 operating system. The Windows XP operating system can be installed into the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 as it has the hardware that is required to support it.

The guidelines to install the Windows XP operating system on the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 are described in the following passage:

  • Erase the hard disk
  • Multiple operating system installation
  • Download the needed device drivers

Erase the hard disk

If you would like to install Windows XP on the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 as a clean installation, then erase the hard disk of any data that had been installed earlier. You can format the hard disk by entering the system through the DOS boot up and erasing the hard disk of the old data. The Windows XP operating system can then be installed into this formatted and partitioned hard disk. This will ensure that if any errors occurred with the earlier data or operating system, it will be removed.

Multiple Operating System installation

You can install multiple operating systems on the same laptop by partitioning the hard disk or following the twin boot/dual boot installation on the hard disk. Care must be taken that when the parallel installation is happening, the operating systems that are installed on the same hard disk should not clash with each other. Installing the Windows XP operating system on two partitions of the same hard disk is an easier method. Programs installed on one operating system cannot be accessed by an operating system on another hard disk.

Download the needed device drivers

An older version of the Windows XP operating system might not have all the device drivers that are needed to allow the laptop hardware to run smoothly. Download and backup all the device drivers that are needed before hand before installing the new operating system. Install the hardware drivers immediately after the new operating system has been installed in order to allow smooth compatibility between the hardware and the new operating system.


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