|We have an eMachines T3085 desktop that has been a great computer since we bought it in 2004. Recently, the hard drive went bad and I bought a new one and used the system recovery discs to restore the system. The problem now is that I'm running into continual errors. The first one was that Windows says I now have to validate the Windows version running (it is XP SP1 and is a legitimate legal copy). I can't get on the Internet to get XP updated to the latest version. There is no wireless network showing up. I tried to run the ISP software, but it won't install on SP1 (only SP2 and greater). I tried downloading IE8 on my laptop and moving it over to the desktop, but it won't install because of some missing file. I tried creating a CD with XP SP3 (which is supposed to contain all updates) but I can't get the CD to boot and update. Everything I do seems like a continual catch 22. I'm wondering if I should try to find solutions to each and every issue that comes up, or if there's a better way to do this, or whether I should just suck it up and go buy a new computer with Windows 7. I don't really want to spend the extra money right now.|
Thanks for any advice.