Could run Linux for everyday use. Should work on the existing hardware, at worst it might want a bigger (or an extra) HDD.
It might even manage to run the Windows software through WINE or whatever (though tbh I would be surprised).
||I run my accounts on an old XP machine, I would never open a browser on it, or even read emails. I do have to send emails from it, and I am uncomfortable that that means it does receive email.|
The news this morning is full of expectation of more troubles as people get to work and switch on their PC's.
Why haven't the relevant IT departments made a bunch of bootable USB keys with virus checkers and/or system update tools?
the uk's boomers run on a tweaked version of xp
although the current ransomeware stuff is messy it isnt as serious to infrastructure as the stuxnet style of attacks which exploit software to physically destroy hardware components which can be a safety critical part of a potentially dangeroos and/or vital piece of infrastructure plant.
break a valve or speed regulator or whatever and cause a meltdown or take out a power or water supply for months is quite possible, stuxnet and it's children showed it to work in practice on a specific bit of kit in a larger system.
iirc various shadowy gov sponsored organisations have been creating tools for this type of attack for at least a decade.