If you have Windows XP install disk then you should do a clean install and then download required drivers from lenovo's website.
I absolutely agree with this as to what *should* be. What *is*, for me, is that I install XP Tablet 2005 Corporate (which, BTW, I *DO* have a license for, so let's drop the inuendo about piracy here), download and install all of the Lenovo XP drivers on their web site, and then I should have a functional X61 Tablet computer.
At first, it seems to work (well, except for the Multitouch which never works right). But after using for a day or so, it becomes progressively more unstable. My first attempt at this resulted in a system that wouldn't allow anyone, including Admin, to logon. You got an instant logoff. My second, resulted in "explore.exe" not working and loss of the menu bar. My third attempt was just finished today. I have error messages out the wazoo involving "wdf01000.sys", "vrlogin.dll", various messages popping up about registry corruption, and so on. The computer is not even on the Internet, the files are given to it via a USB stick, so there's nothing that touches it besides the XP and the Lenovo drivers.
On the fourth attempt, the problems manifest themselves when I left one user logged in, switched to another, that user had error messages of the effect "ThinkVantage Access COnnections is in use by another user, please close to continue". Put the track point was locked up, but the digitizer pen worked. Then a message popped up saying "The video driver has prevented the computer from going to sleep. The driver may need to be updated." The system then blue screens. Arg! I restart, and the windows logon screens have changed to the ctrl-alt-del style, I log in, and I can't even run task manager with ctrl-alt-del, it says something about an application error 0xC0000007.
Okay, so my choices are:
1. I have bad hardware. Get another one.
2. I have a bad XP Tablet load. Direct from Microsoft.
3. I have a bad XP install process. Don't know what to do
4. Put Vista back on the [censored] thing. Fortunately, I made one DVD backup and one USB drive backup. Unfortunately, the USB drive got trashed, and the hard disk recovery partition somehow got messed up, too, so I am down to the DVDs.
At this point, I don't see how anyone puts Tablet XP on the thing. That is why I want to get an XP recovery/rescue set. How the frak does Lenovo install all those drivers and end up with a working thing? I dunno.
Presently, I am putting Vista back on it. That will, I hope, rule out hardware problems if it works. But I really had my heart set on Tablet XP Corporate, which avoids the stupid activiation thing, and Vista opens up new problems (I have some software that is know to be fincky with it).
Oh, please, pretty please, can someone tell me how to get an XP recovery CD set? Or a "first run" backup when you got the machine? Or, what the heck, your model and serial number of an XP delivered unit so I can order one?
As to license, well, I believe I am operating within the spirit of the regulations. I have an XP tablet license, I bought the machine, I don't care about the bloatware that comes with it, and others report Vista allows an XP downgrade.
Pressure is on me, I leave for England in a week for a 4 month semester, and I need my machine to work! I spent *way* too much time on this thing. If I could have found an XP X61 in stock, I would have bought it. Sigh.