RE: Old Dell Inspiron 5100 - need to keep running for machine controller that cannot use newer than Windows XP
You're making things way too hard for yourself. Download all the essential drivers (eg, the list I posted) onto a USB stick using any other PC. Then copy them onto the 5100 desktop from that USB and install them in the order listed.
And you probably should install the audio driver, even if you don't use it because the hardware is there and may cause problems if BIOS and Windows see it but can't use it because there's no driver.
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