But drivers are all over the map. Some you run (double click) and some have you unpack (unzip?) them then find your way to the folder it made for your OS version and then right click install on some .INF file.
This is why I'm beginning to think that XP is getting too hard for folk today and maybe too expensive. That is, if you take this to a local support place here you get the usual 120 buck minimum charge to reload the OS and you're not assured it will have all the drivers installed for all your stuff.
And then we have machine specific issues like you read at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7587_102-2699006.html That audio driver issue is very common today and many will be unhappy that if they install the items in the wrong order, no audio output.
-> But let's get another common issue out of the way. I find many machines do not have an OS issue but a maintenance issue. Read http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-569818/getting-ready-to/?tag=contentBody;threadListing where they cleaned a machine to get it working proper again.
If l have to reinstall XP Pro and l have a SP 3 disc, is that all l will need? Also, l had a very helpful MS tech download & save some HP drivers to my desktop, but how would l use them? Just double click? Install SP3 first? l have all of my docs & data backed up and on Chrome, but am just concerned about my HP PC crashing after 2014 when l am unable to get support.
Thanks Everyone for your help!