I have an old computer with winXP that hasn't been used for years. I'd like to start using it, however, for two reasons:
a) To be able to play some older games (some of which are from Steam) that are incompatibile with newer Windows versions and have trouble running on Wine
As a fallback machine, when my other computers go out of order and I (or my family member) needs to use a computer for work.
To do this, I'd have to replace the broken HDD in the said computer, which would make me have to reinstall the system. The OEM CD is reeeaaaaally old, and I believe it doesn't even have the lastest Service Pack for Windows XP.
But I'm afraid that the second I connect such an old system to the internet (in order to download the latest Service Pack at least) I might get infected. Also, I have doubts if because of the end of support it is wise to connect to the Internet even an up-to-date WindowsXP installation.
Are such worries reasonable? How should I put such a system to use?