Only the lack of an SAP client for W9x forced the elimination of these machines. They did everything the users needed - intranet, access shared domain resources, Office 97, AV. Instead of replacing both the OS and the hardware (PII 600mhz, 516mb RAM, 10gb HD), we upgraded the OS to 2K and XP, installed the SAP client, and the systems still ran satisfactorily for what we did with them.
That said, I'm replacing those machines this summer with new XP systems. I won't hesitate to leave an operational system in place well beyond what the industry considers it's 'useful life', but these are now dying at the rate of about one every six weeks. I certainly wouldn't install one as replacement for a newer system, or drag one off the shelf for a new user.
That said, I wouldn't attempt to use an XP
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