It's far easier to alter `view' on ThinkPad than its OS

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July 25, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I ordered a new ThinkPad laptop that IBM insisted on shipping with Windows XP. I don't want to use XP because my home and office desktops run Windows 98 Second Edition. What is the easiest way to install Windows 98 on the ThinkPad?

I strongly recommend against attempting to install Windows 98. In order to install Windows 98 over your version of Windows XP, you would need to reformat the ThinkPad's hard drive by using a disk utility called fdisk. The problem is that XP changes the format style of hard drives from the earlier FAT system to one called NTFS.

Another problem would be getting Windows 98 to find the proper settings for the Think- Pad's hardware that were installed for XP at the factory.

Now the good news. It is possible to change XP's display screens into a "Classic View."

Right-click on the Start button and select Properties. In the next display you will find the command to make the computer return to Classic View. This returns the same icons to the desktop as are on Windows 98 and ME and recasts the file-explorer interface to look like older versions.

James Coates is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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