but what if....?
you don't have the original O/S media or restore CD? I know of a person that fixes "old" computers and gives them to seniors and families that can't afford computers. This person installs a flavor of Linux (not sure which version), she also installs Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird. She'll walk the seniors through opening Firefox & Thunderbird (if they've got a personal email account with their ISP), showing them basically how to use it.
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