|I was interested in this thread because I have a computer running Windows XP which is more than two years old and is showing signs that it may be a good idea to re-install Windows. |
Since it has two hard-drives I can see no reason not to follow the suggestion (Response 2) of JAM, reverse the Master/Slave drive connections and (temporarily) disconnect the (now) slave drive and reinstall XP and the Motherboard drivers on the other. (I do have both the XP disk and the Motherboard driver disk.).
At this point there should be no legal problems, since I will be simply reinstalling Windows on the same computer.
I can then reinstall the programs which I require as I need them over a few days/weeks. However, I should still have quick access to a working version of any program I have not reinstalled, should I need it, by switching back to the original installation.
After six months, or so, I can then delete the original installation on the assumption that any programs not transferred are not needed. Of course, I still have the disks (or several copies of the files concerned) for all those programs if I need any of them again.
(Thanks for the information on GAG.)