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This is an overview of how to extract the preinstalled applications from the Transnote Recovery CDs as installable applications. There are a number of dangers to doing this.


I can¡¦t say this enough times. Back up your data before you start, and I would recommend only doing this at a time when you have to recover your Transnote anyway.

Required tools:

Transnote Recovery CDs
CD drive suitable for booting the Transnote and running a full system recovery.

Getting Started:

Back up your data. There are several ways to do this: Windows Backup, Norton Ghost, Nero, and IBM¡¦s Rapid Restore Ultra (a free download). Back up the whole computer, for two reasons: first, if you back up the whole thing you can go back to the backup in case you missed something that you need. Secondly, once you¡¦ve extracted the preinstalled software from the Recovery CDs, you can restore your whole system to it¡¦s previous state (assuming that everything was in good working order) and just install the software that you want.

It is a good practice to create an image of your computer after a fresh install of the operating system and applications (such as an office suite, drivers, and operating system updates). This can be done with backup software, but it is generally faster to using imaging software such as Norton Ghost that can create an exact copy of your hard drive and save it on a network shared drive or to a DVD or CD burner. Saving the image to a CDR or DVD-R will likely take several CDs but not likely more than one DVD.


Turn off your Transnote and connect a CD-ROM drive that is supported by the Transnote recovery CDs.
Insert the first Transnote recovery CD and boot your Transnote. When the boot menu is displayed, press the FXX key to get to the boot menu.
Select your CD-ROM drive from the menu and press enter.
Follow the Recovery CD prompts until you are prompted to reboot your Transnote. This will prepare your Transnote to install Windows 2000 (or Windows 98, depending on which Recovery CDs you have).
Reboot from the CD a second time. This will extract the application installation files to your hard drive to a folder named ¡¥IBMWORK¡¦.
Insert the second disk and continue installing the files.
On the next reboot, you will remove the CD and boot from the hard drive and complete the installation of Windows.
When you reboot Windows after competing the installation, a DOS window that is madly copying files will appear on the desktop.
Open ¡¥My Computer¡¦ and open your C: drive (likely called IBM_PRELOAD)
Right-click the ¡¥IBMWORK¡¦ folder and select copy from the menu.
Right click in a blank area and select paste from the menu (not paste shortcut). This will create a copy of the IBMWORK folder called, appropriately enough, Copy of IBMWORK.

Remember that you have to complete these steps quickly and correctly because as soon as the DOS window is finished installing the applications, it will delete the IBMWORK folder. If you make a mistake, you will have to start over from step one.

Overview of IBMWORK:

This is a listing of the directories found in IBMWORK and what is found in each folder. Some of them are fairly easy to identify and install, but others are more cryptic. Most of the folders below will be easily used, but some should likely be left alone, such as the Sysprep related files, as they are used to modify Windows and how it is installed. My advice as an MCSE is to only use the applications and the drivers, as running some of the other things may do irreversible damage to your operating system. Known applications and drivers below are marked with an asterisk *. While the other files would likely not damage to your system, running them is part of a full reinstall, and if you want to run them, then you would be better off just running a full system recovery without interfering with it.

Volume in drive C is MACHIN-SHIN

Volume Serial Number is 1553-1503

Directory of C:\Copy of IBMWORK


01/10/2005 08:55a

ATPATCH ATPatch file (unknown purpose)01/10/2005 08:55a

QVIDEO Video identifier (used by installer)01/10/2005 08:55a

3LVEG1A ATPatch batch file (unknown purpose)01/10/2005 08:55a

3GXAVWA *Access ThinkPad01/10/2005 08:56a

3GRWV0A Lotus Customer Support link creator01/10/2005 08:56a

3GEON8A *Lotus SmartSuite01/10/2005 09:03a

3LZJZ8A *TrackPoint drivers (Win2000?)01/10/2005 09:03a

3LSGD1A *Intel Pro/100 MiniPCI LAN drivers01/10/2005 09:03a

3LQTJ0A *TouchBase drivers (touch screen)01/10/2005 09:03a

3LQMV2A *IBM/3COM mini PCI LAN drivers01/10/2005 09:03a

BMAP *ThinkPad Windows backgrounds01/10/2005 09:03a

3LOXU1A *Lucent Modem divers for Win9x,NT,2K01/10/2005 09:03a

3LOMC1A ATI Rage Mobility video driver Win200001/10/2005 09:04a

3LMXT2A *Crystal Fusion Sound drivers Win98/200001/10/2005 09:04a

3LKWY2A *IBM LCD Color Management profile01/10/2005 09:04a

3LJYP1A *IBM Power Management drivers01/10/2005 09:04a

3LJCI2A *3COM MiniPCI Modem drivers01/10/2005 09:04a

3LFEN1A *Xircom modem drivers for Win 9x,NT,2K01/10/2005 09:04a

3LONQ1A *IDE DMA registry key01/10/2005 09:04a

POWER ThinkPad Language scheme batch file01/10/2005 09:04a

3LLMT0A Windows 2000 DDK driver (unknown)01/10/2005 09:04a

3LFRK0A Audit file for Sysprep01/10/2005 09:04a

3LCVS0A Sysdiff inf file01/10/2005 09:04a

3LCOG0A Easy to Use tour installer01/10/2005 09:04a

DESKTOP Desktop Font Schemes01/10/2005 09:04a

3LAGE2A QVideo FM batch file for FModify.exe01/10/2005 09:04a

URL *ThinkPad Internet Explorer Links01/10/2005 09:04a

SYSPREP Sysprep unattended Windows installation02/15/2005 03:57p 0 dir.txt

259 File(s) 514,607 bytes

30 Dir(s) 4,365,828,096 bytes free

If you have corrections or contributions to the file (and ultimately to the Transnote community) please send them to obsidian[at] (replace [at] with @ to send an email) and I will follow up with a revision to this list.

Lester Berg

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