Recovering without Recovery CDs

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Information about recovering the preloaded OS without any Recovery CD.

Coverage of this approach

You can't download preinstalled commercial applications from the IBM website (only updates are provided). Commercial software known to be preinstalled is CD/DVD burning and DVD playback software and Norton AntiVirus. On the other hand, this approach doesn't restore the original setup, but gives you a system with the lates drivers and tools from IBM, that might work even better than the originally installed one.

preinstalled Windows versions and their keys

Windows 98

Windows ME

Windows 2000

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THiS iS FoR aCeR ReCoVeRiNG===Windows XP===

downloading drivers

installing drivers