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Deleting Vista and Installing Windows XP on Lenovo ThinkPad

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I recently purchased a Lenovo "IBM" ThinkPad, model T60, with Windows Vista (Home Premium) preinstalled.

After days of dealing with software and hardware that does not work with Vista, I have decided that I would be better off continuing to work with Windows XP.

My question is how to accomplish that.  The ThinkPad comes with a hidden partition from which the factory configuration of the hard drive can be restored; I would like to leave that intact, so that if and when I decide to switch over to Vista, I can.  The ThinkPad also has a button that interrupts the boot process to access various recovery tools; I would like not to damage that feature, either.

I ran a bootable CD with PartitionMagic to see if I could reformat the drive on which Vista is installed, but PartitionMagic reported an error that must be related to the recovery-tools feature; because when I had PartitionMagic "correct" the error, to access to the recovery tools I had through a BIOS access screen.  And even with the "correction," PartitionMagic couldn't make sense of the partitions on the hard drive.  (I have since restored the hard drive to its pre-PartitionMagic configuration.)

I would install Windows XP Home from an available upgrade disk.

I would appreciate guidance to accomplish the OS change.

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