Well, actually, I'm baaaaaaack after reinstalling Windows XP on this laptop. The original CD was Service Pack 1a, almost 4 years old. The latest XP version is now SP2, so there was a lot of updates to download from Microsoft.
Actually I think it might have been a blessing as I had files on this thing that I didn't have a clue what they were or why I saved them. It's new slate time!