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I got a new lap top, IBM T42, a couple of months ago. I got it at a good price, but it runs the Japanese version of windows Xp. Now I am considering a format with installing the English windows. What should I worry about? Do I need to download drivers before the format? If so, where from?

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Check that existing drivers are not specific to Japanese versions

Post the name of any programmes you need software for to see if it is available as a download from the manufacturer's site

Post the make and model of any hardware you need drivers for

Download and install

Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then summary

Look on right for a list of system components

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