|The biggest drawback to using 2000 is Microsoft is no longer providing new Security and Critical updates for it. |
There are some programs that require XP or up.
"....we are trying to get around having to purchase the recovery disks for it...."
If you can buy the Recovery disks, according to my experiences, they're much cheaper to buy including shipping than even just an OEM XP Home CD, the cheapest version of XP you can buy.
If you can't get them from the brand name's web site anymore because your model is an older one, there are a small number of web sites that have collected copies of the original Recovery CDs that will sell you a set for a similar price to what the brand name site would have charged.
"Are you sure you need to buy recovery disks? "
Some original brand name software installations already have all the data required to reload the contents of the C partition with it's original data on the second partition on the hard drive. However, that was much more common before computers came with XP on them.
"What is the brand and full model of the laptop?"
Your Microsoft Windows License allows you to use a Windows CD, or a copy of one, of the same version as that installed on the brand name computer, Home or Pro, along with the OEM Product Key that's on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case, to install Windows. You can use a Windows CD you have, or someone else's CD , or a copy of someone else's CD, with that Product Key, as long as it's a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD that has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it. An XP Re-installation CD that came with a different brand name computer model will probably refuse to install Windows on your computer.