Very happy with the re-installation of XP.
I was putting it off, but the PC was going downhill fast. Booted from the xp cd, and realized the internet USB keyboard I was using wasn't being recognized, I swapped in a retro Keytronic keyboard and, at the repair console I was able to type in format C: and it formatted the hard drive this time. XP set up formatted it again, installation seems nice and fresh now.
Everything is working so much better. The PC was getting completely screwed up, I don't know if it was Norton Utilities, Limewire, unknown malware or what.
The Intel mobo I have, D865GSA is getting pretty old. Glad I found the mobo installation disc, I needed it to get the onboard sound going. Download from Intel didn't work. Also went with the onboard network port instead of the pci network card I had been using.
I have ms office 2000 which I use for Word and Excel. It demands a "qualifying product" or it won't install. I had saved an old copy of Works, which I had to show to Office before it would install.