I have a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop that came with Windows XP Pro SP3 already installed, and a reinstallation CD and drivers & utilities CD. I've been using it since 2009. Recently I had to reformat it due to a missing or corrupted file, but had a backup from the week before and everything is working just fine again
I've just bought a Lenovo desktop with Windows 8, and after a couple of weeks of messing with it, I'm essentially very dissatisfied with its lousy navigational setup and requirements for newer software than I've been using for years and have been quite happy with.
So I'm wondering, and I hope it's not a real dumb question...
Let's say I buy another desktop---Not necessarily a Dell, but maybe some other brand, like HP, Asus, PowerSpec, Toshiba, whatever-- sometime down the road with or without an operating system already installed. Would I be able to reformat the C: drive and then use the Dell reinstallation CD to install an XP operating system on it, or would I need a Microsoft XP OS CD that is not labeled as computer-specific?
By the way, I am well aware of the 2014 deadline for Microsoft pulling the plug on XP support, and I really don't care about that. My worst case scenario would be to have a functional XP based computer which I would use to run various programs I have used for years WITHOUT hoking it up to the Internet at all, and using a POS computer for Internet access and use.