I just bought Thinkpad 61X, and it came with Vista that I hate. I do have an installation CD with XP, and I want to get rid of Vista and install XP. Unfortunately, I don't have a converter so the trick with removing the hard drive won't work. I don't have a problem with reformating the hard drive, but my main problem is that the laptop doesn't have a CD-ROM so I am not sure how I can use the installation CD to install XP. I only have an external USB hard drive. I tried to copy the content of the CD to the external hard drifve and have the laptop boot from the external hard drive, but I get a black screen during the start up, and it looks like the laptop just gets stuck.
Could somebody please suggest how I can install XP over Vista without having a CD-ROM?