Okay, I know. First thing you’re going to ask is why? Answer: games.
I have a fairly good Win XP computer that I put off doing a reinstall on for at least five years and didn’t use it much after building a Win 7 system. It takes a long time to boot up because of the various things I had installed when it was my main computer, like video editing software, PVR software, etc.
Two things have changed recently that makes me think it’s finally time to do the OS reinstall to clean it up. First is Mozilla stopped providing updates for Firefox. The second is the AVG anti-virus I have on there can’t get the firewall initialized after a recent update. If I manually turn it on, it deactivates after 10 seconds and says it needs a reboot. I keep the network cable unplugged until I need to check something on the Internet or the computer is off.
So now it’s time to take this system completely off the network and make it a pure games machine. The questions I have are this:
I have the SP3 update and probably a few other update files. Are the updates still available anywhere or will I have to update with as much as I already have and call it good? It looks like Microsoft blocked the Internet Archive from backing up their website and the updates.
Since it won’t be able to authenticate with the Windows server even though I still have a valid license for it, I’d like to bypass or disable the activation so that I don’t get the “you didn’t register” nag message on screen. Or the “this may not be a genuine Windows” nag message.
I’d like to keep this system as long as possible for the backwards compatibility with Windows 95 and 98 for the really old games I have. If all else fails, I can pull those two computers out of storage and see if they still work. But, what’s a good website for info on running older games on Windows 7?