Can XP still be used to run a program

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chopperman

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I want to buy a reloading program called Ballistics Explorer by Oehler. This program is used by shooters and competition reloaders. My question is can I use this program on my old XP laptop even though I don't use it anymore and you can't update XP. I'd like to use this as a single purpose computer. Would you erase the old hard drive or would I need the drivers that are on it to make a program work.

Thank you, Stan
 

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If the program is compatible with XP then it should run fine. If you erase the hard drive you will erase XP. Drivers make the hardware work not programs.
 

chopperman

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Allen, what was thinking about was getting rid of old websites and accounts that were password protected. I installed all of the ones I had on 2 different computers , a Windows 7 and a Chromebook.
If I erased the hard drive can I reinstall XP's OS or would that be too risky. I have a nephew that would probably do it for me.he saved all my bookmarks to a thumb drive which I used to install on Windows 7. I have the original XP Home version cd so would that work for reinstalling the OS, and not ever using the internet since there are no patches for XP.
Then could I install program from a cd like Ballistics Explorer's reloading program for shooters .
 

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I'm guessing that this would be a standalone machine, not connected to anything? If so, yeah, that's perfectly fine. FYI, one of my co-workers has that app, swears by it.
 

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Reinstalling Windows XP and getting it up-to-date and getting all devices working and getting all desired programs and add-ons installed is time-consuming and will take several hours, so I wouldn't go that route unless you really need to.

If you decide to, my install guide in the "Windows XP" section should be helpful to you.

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chopperman

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Thank you all, for your help, I'll have nephew erase the hard drive of everything getting rid of personal stuff and reinstalling the XP system. I guess you could call it fancy cd dvd player then , with a new purpose in life. I love repurposing things and giving them a new usage.

I thank you all, Stan
 
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