One of the last generation of Thinkpad laptops branded as IBM before Lenovo was introduced. Let’s take a look at what software was included with a typical IBM Thinkpad install.
Desktop after a fresh install, complete with an IBM custom wallpaper and a link to the Access IBM for the OEM Link.
A program that goes through the features of the ThinkPad and allows easy access to common functions that Windows does not typically cover. It also has links to various support topics and articles, acting as an electronic alternative to the bundled documentation.
A shortcut to Access IBM appears in the Windows Help & Support center.
IBM Update Connector
Checks for driver updates and any new versions of bundles software. In a domain environment you can also set up your own IBM update server where approved and tested updates can be distributed, instead of downloading from IBM directly.
Battery MaxiMizer Wizard
Helps monitor the battery health and how to get the best battery life.
Shows off the different features of your ThinkPad like the rescue and recovery software to recover any missing or corrupted files. The active protection system with shuts off the hard drive when a fall is detected, possibly a sensor is embedded into the laptop to allow it to detect this.
Appears to be present but not completely installed by default. Opening it for the first time reveals some sort of unarchiver. Also a look at an interactive wallpaper also provided by IBM, which displays a graphical view of the hard drive and its space used, and the calendar which shows the correct date (But not any schedules or reminders). There’s also a section for email, but I have yet to get this to show anything, possibly only works with Outlook Express.
DVD playback software for the included DVD drive, this does not function in the virtual machine as it complains about the lack of copy protection. Even Windows Media Player had issues playing a DVD.
InterVideo WinDVD Creator
You can create and burn your own DVD video discs, intended for use for home movies (Through I wonder if DVD-rip torrents could be imported and burnt in this way). here we can create and manipulate the DVD home menu using its own design and navigation. Alternatively, a static slideshow can be created using photos captured from a digital camera.
IBM (Sonic) RecordNow!
A popular CD recording utility I’ve seen bundled on various laptops from this era (Toshiba A60). You can burn a regular ISO image or an audio or MP3 CD. Sonic would later be acquired by Roxio and would be integrated into their products.
Norton Antivirus / Internet Security
Typical virus protection of the year, Norton AntiVirus was bundled with various IBM products. Norton has the ability to scan and detect any virus embedded in email applications, providing you use an email client that Norton supports (Like Microsoft Outlook)
I’m surprised it even allowed a version this old to be activated, I doubt it would perform well against modern malware.
Two desktop themes come included, which feature their own sounds, desktop icons and wallpaper. Both will use the Luna silver theme
Three wallpapers are included, with the second one being a dynamic active desktop wallpaper mentioned earlier.
A few screensavers that show off and advertise the features of the laptop.
Various control panel applets that have been preinstalled by IBM
IBM Active Protection: controls the freefall hard drive protection
ThinkPad Configuration: Supposed to change various options for your Thinkpad