How to install Windows XP in Thinkpad T61

September 18, 2007

I had Original Vista in Swedish language  installed in my Lenovo Thinkpad T61.  When I tried to install Windows XP it showed some error saying it didnt actually find the hardisk. I have digged the net and found that other people also suffered the same problem. But unfortunelty I really had to search hard to find the solution. This is very obvious as there are not many people who have thier hands on this monster. 

Here is the trick in simply one line. Go to the bios, change the SATA from AHCI to Compatible, and then Install anything you want starting from Windows XP to Windows 95. Wait a second dont leave just because you have the XP installed, there is a bit more to it, you have to install some of the drivers manually.  

  1. You need to install this UAA High Def Audio Driver before you move on to installing things in step 3.
  2. HotKey Driver – If you have bluetooth installed, you’ll need this to use fn + F5 to enable it for the bluetooth installation.
  3. Install the rest of the drivers like Intel Ethernet driver, Bluetooth software, Audio software, ACPI power management, wireless card, and modem driver. Get them here.

Great now you have everything running.. Now its time to Enjoy !

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53 Responses to “How to install Windows XP in Thinkpad T61”

  1. Dan Says:

    Thanks for this Rezaul, I’m glad I read up on this before I dove in….

  2. John Says:

    Thanks! I was going to freak out when I got that error. Stupid Vista.


  3. rezahok Says:

    I am glad it helped !

  4. davo Says:

    Dude, thank you so so much. I have a Thinkpad x60 and Windows XP, and have been banging my head against the wall.

  5. Walid Says:

    First of all i have to say you Thanks! Dude, I really in bother with Fuckin Vista cuz it doesn’t Accept any Software, CheersUp Dude Thanks A Lot.

  6. Grant Says:

    Thank you!!!!!!

  7. bob Jones Says:

    just use F6 to add additional drivers. Then you don’t need to cripple your SATA controller.

    Download the Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows XP, Vista (32bit) – ThinkPad

    • n00b Says:

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure if they were the real sata drivers, until I saw your comment. I’m just gonna add them to my XP installation using nLite

  8. bob Jones Says:

    Download the driver from IBM (do a search from IBM home page for 7tim04ww.exe), extract it, and follow the “5.3 Pre-Installation Using the F6 Method. “

  9. Pooky Says:

    Thanks!! Screw you Vista, my T61p is too good for you.

  10. Phil Troy Says:

    What version of XP Pro should I buy. Can I buy an OEM license for XP PRO, and then add the service packs? (Like I have done on my toshiba P25), Or an OEM license for XP Pro with SP2, or do I need to buy a non-OEM licenses


  11. rezahok Says:

    I am afraid I dont know ! But any Windows XP with a SP2 should work fine, thats my guess !

  12. Phil Troy Says:

    If my xp pro install does not have sp2, can I still install it and then add sp2 afterwards?

  13. rezahok Says:

    Yes I think you can. As service pack (SP) are things which are basically upgrades nothing else.

  14. Phil Troy Says:

    Will this work if I do not already have an operating system installed on the pc?

  15. rezahok Says:

    I did not understand you properly, but if you meant if SP will work without a OS, I am afraid not. SP’s are different for different OS or softwares.

  16. Phil Troy Says:

    Thank you very much for your help. Lenovo has a one day sale on Thinkpads in Cada today that I would like to take advantage of.

    So, here is my question restated hopefully to make sense. Can I install windows xp pro on the thinkpad t61 if there is not already an os installed on the t61? I.e. Can I install windows xp pro on the t61 if xp or vista is not already installed? (I think the answer is yes, but I want to make sure)

  17. rezahok Says:

    Yes you can ! :D !

  18. Arman Says:

    It was really helful!Thanks so much!
    (please remove the previous comment of me on this post,It was just a mistake.thanks)

  19. Hudin Says:

    Thank you! You are a saint amongst the midst of the WordPress universe.


  20. Taesup Says:


    I did what you suggested (changing SATA) for my thinkpad x60 to install windows xp, but for some reason, the ethernet card seems not working properly. The driver is properly installed, but the internet connection is not good, although the same LAN cable works for my another Macbook. I did install step 1, but again for some reason after installing it, it keeps showing Modem Device on High Definition Audio Bus driver is not found. Would this be the reason for internet not working? Please let me know, and I will greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you very much in advance,

  21. rezahok Says:

    hey Taesup,

    I have to say I not sure what the problem is. If its showing “Modem Device on High Definition Audio Bus driver is not found” then obviously the first step was not completely properly. Maybe you may want to try doing it one more time from scratch.


  22. Olisa Says:

    Thanks a million. It worked just right for me.

  23. mirc Says:

    thank you so much! saved me quite some time

  24. collis Says:

    thanks, ur info was very helpful

  25. Dette Says:

    Well what I did with this problem (Not on a ThinkPad but just in general) was download the drivers and then rip my XP copy and use nLite to add the drivers and then burn it to a disk so I had a copy with my SATA drivers in the installation :)

  26. Godji Says:

    Thank you verymuch Rezaul.
    It ‘s Good.

  27. pat Says:


    In the device manager I see a “?” beside the “Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus”. I’ve updated my OS to XP SP3 and installed audio driver 7ka114ww but still no sound.


  28. rezahok Says:

    @pat ..I had the same problem initially. Have you strictly followed the steps in the blog ? I had a same problem and the order of installation for some reason matters I think. First you need to install the UAA High Def Audio Driver and then move on to step 2 and step 3. Hope it will work.

  29. Miles Says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I had switched from Vista to LINUX and then to XP and figured it was something with the changes in the MBR from Linux and could not figure out what I needed to change. lol what a simple solution. THANKS

  30. It sounds like you’re creating problems yourself by trying to solve this issue instead of looking at why their is a problem in the first place.

  31. Christian Says:

    Hey thanks so much man when i bought my laptop lenovo said it was new, but apparently it was loaded with some guys username and pass. Now I have xp instead of vista :)

  32. bkkdaya Says:

    Thanks dude,
    Really thanks a lot. I am so worried i need to call the guys where i bought.

  33. Barbie Sheu Says:

    Hi, I cant understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please :)

  34. Lu Says:

    Thank you for the tips. I almost gave up installing XP.

  35. Gah! Thank you!! So simple but it gave me such a hard time lol. I hate vista so much and had to go back to XP, I missed it too much.

    Thanks again!

  36. Getbluesified Says:

    This page helped me big time, but Bob Jones’ Post is correct…you just need to place drivers onto a floppy.

    TXTSETUP.OEM needs to be in root (you may also need to set up a drivers directory)

    XP Reload from Scratch
    Before installing the operating system, install Intel Matrix Storage Manager
    Driver, as follows:

    – Be sure to install Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver before installing the
    operating system. Otherwise your computer will not respond; it will only
    display a blue screen.
    – In RAID mode, the following procedures is the ONLY procedure to install
    Windows XP successfully.

    1. Attach a floppy disk drive to your computer.
    2. Download Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver from the Web site and extract
    the driver to C:\DRIVERS\WIN\IMSM and copy the driver to a floppy disk.
    3. Make sure that SATA AHCI or RAID is enabled;
    3-1. Power off the computer.
    3-2. Power on the computer.
    3-3. Press the F1 key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility when the “ThinkPad”
    logo is seen on the screen. The BIOS Setup Utility menu will be
    displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
    3-4. Select Config.
    3-5. Select Serial ATA (SATA).
    3-6. Make sure RAID* or AHCI is selected. (* ThinkPad W700/W700ds only)
    3-7. Press the F3 key, and then press the F3 key to go back to main menu.
    4. Make sure that Operating System can be installed from Windows XP CD;
    4-1. Select Startup.
    4-2. Select Boot.
    4-3. In Boot Priority Order, set “ATAPI CD0:” to the top of the list, “1″.
    4-4. Press the F10 key to save the new setup, and then select Yes.
    The computer will restart.
    5. Insert the Windows XP CD into the optical drive, and restart the computer.
    6. To install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver first, press F6.
    7. When prompted, select S for Specify Additional Device.
    8. When prompted, insert the floppy disk that you created in step 2, and press
    9. – If your system has Intel 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller, select
    Intel(R) ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller, and press Enter.
    – If your system has Intel 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller, select
    Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller, and press Enter.
    – If your system has Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller, select
    Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller, and press Enter.
    – If you selected RAID mode in ThinkPand W700/700ds, select
    Intel(R) ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E/PCHM SATA RAID Controller.
    10. To continue the installation, press Enter again. Leave the floppy disk in
    the drive until the next reboot; the software may need to be copied from
    the floppy disk again when the files are copied during setup.
    14. Follow the instruction to complete the Operating System installation.

  37. Getbluesified Says:

    BTW, this is the controller in the T61 I have. My model number is: 7664-R7U

    “Intel(R) ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller”

  38. On the IBM think pad it is no longer loading up to the hello screen, I want to wipe the memory all together and start again. Can you help with this problem….

  39. Doca Says:

    Thanks. But I still have alot do do with my T61p thinkpad. I load Quadro driver and it when blinking.

    Any help please!

  40. Mcool Says:

    Hey Thanks!! I have gone round in circles trying to figure this out.Thanks Loads.

  41. Ivan Says:

    Man, I have to thank you. You saved me…

    Regards from Brazil.

  42. Vijay Says:

    Oh My God!! I had wasted nearly 3 to 4 Hours digging into this.. At last tried this and it worked Great!!! Thanks a lot!!

  43. Best you could make changes to the blog subject How to install Windows XP in Thinkpad T61 / Reza to something more catching for your content you create. I enjoyed the post even sononetheless.

  44. mike Says:

    You helped me out from the struggle.

  45. Andrew Says:

    thanks! saved me from myself and turned what would have been 5 hours into 3…

  46. don Says:

    THANK YOU!!!! you saved me from wasting more time trying to slipstream drivers onto my XP disk.

  47. Denis Says:

    So Simple and So Effective …. Thanks

  48. x Says:

    THANX !!!
    THANX !!!
    THANX !!!

  49. hieunh Says:

    thanks alot. I strugled for it

  50. Fireboy3 Says:

    Awesome! Had problem installing this and this post really save my day!

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