I personally would recommend updating to XP.
I use it on both of my pc's with no problems.
My older pc had ME on it and 2-3 reboots a day was not unusual.
I don't think you can blame Evesham for the software problems. The earlier Windows did not have the stability of XP. All sorts of different conflicts would cause Windows to crash or lock up. You would see the difference with XP.
If a program crashes for any reason, XP will normally recover without a reboot.
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