Thanks so much guys, I really was debating because everything was working so well, but I always run into issues like trying to buy a new printer a few days ago, and of course it only takes XP and higher.
The lowdown I have on my PC is a bunch of mods I did myself, I have 512 in RAM already, Intel Pent 3 processor, and three internal hard drives (one I run windows off of, the others for storage) It has been my experience to unplug those drives of storage before re-installing any windows features. If I upgrade to XP (I also heard Vista is so bad) how can I clean install with my one hard drive? Would i run Format, or would the windows program?
The only issue I have would be my TV Tuner card (Hauppauge) which are fairly cheap if I have to buy a new version...but I asked the company and they have an update to the driver. The rest of my hardware is Radeon graphics card, a BCM modem (yes we are still in dark ages of dial-up here), Lite-On dvd/rw drive, SB PCI WDM sound card, an a ATA card for my drives, all relatively 2 yrs old. I also have some new Creative speakers last year, and a very new Canon scanner.
Most of my software is compliant, but if I do have issues is it fairly simple to get into the steps to have them go into compatible mode?
Thanks for all your help, it has really taken some stress off. I was just tired of working around my old OS system, and didn't know if it was worth it to re-install a new OS.
Do you guys know the best deals on XP online? ebay etc...and what version with Serv P3 or lower?