Quote johnny h:
Stop finding solutions for problems that don't exist!
The problem definitely exists. I'm not looking for a flying machine. I have a system which consists of several old programmes (audio and video) and is stable and sufficient for my needs at the minute. I have no inclination to join the O/S treadmill so my plan was to take advantage of a recently repaired laptop, create the same (XP) environment and get on with my life.
There are several reasons why I don't want to activate somebody else's rancid cracked win7, the main one being I can't be sure what delights they have included in the installation.
The one scenario I hadn't bargained on was reinstalling Vista. For all it's well documented weaknesses now that I have a working machine I'll see how far the old programmes will go with it then if I do hit a brick wall I'll make use of the £20 I spent on XP.
Ohm's Law states, "Your PA isn't as powerful as you think it is".