If all else fails and your laptop still functions, you *may* be able to make
Normally, when installing WinMe from a MS retail CD, it copies the whole
installation setup folder to windows\options\instal. But with (some?) OEM
CD's, it copies them to windows\options\cabs. Other OEM's *may* copy them
elsewhere and some (possibly IBM?) don't even bother at all.
You will need to look on your C: drive for a folder which should contain
some 150 MB of files (i.e. about 25 .CAB files and including the setup
exe.file). If there, copy the whole folder to a CD (or memory stick) and you
will then have made an installation CD.
However, under the circumstances, you should take a look at (and print out)
the "cleanhd.txt" file in the above folder. You can also view the "Windows
Millennium Edition Cleanhd.txt File Contents" at:
Study it carefully and be sure you have a note of the existing product key
code (the 25 digit code that was supplied with the pc's original
installation) and - if the WinMe CD was an 'upgrade' version (rather than a
'full version') - some proof of a 'previous version' - e.g. a Win95 or 98 CD
(N.B not required for OEM)
BTW - you can find your product key by using Belarc Advisor from
Also, don't try over-installing WinMe as you are very likely to end up with
a 'soup' and therefore in a far worse state than you already are.
Finally, you may need to obtain extra drivers (for the lcd display panel and
keyboard) but the *may* still be obtainable from the IBM web site
"KE" wrote in message
>I bought an IBM (iSeries) laptop with Windows ME many years ago; the sales
> rep recommended me not to purchase the recovery CD, so I don't have a
> recovery CD. Now, I am trying to re-install from a Windows ME CD given by
> computer repair store, but it stopped with a message saying that Windows
> on that CD is not the right version.
> Is there anybody who has a Windows ME recovery CD that might be workable
> my laptop? If yes, please let me know. Thanks a lot.