Good evening AW.
I was out earlier and went over to the storage unit that I have and rummaged around and came across the box containing my Area-51 m5500.
It's been a long time since I've seen it and couldn't wait to get back and fire it up to see if it's still working. Well, it is.
I was worried about an over heating problem that it was having back in CA- It would shut down after an hour's use. Anyway it's still 'kicking it old school'
and I am backing up the files now and will install Windows 7 just to see if it makes a difference on this older hardware. If I run into problems, I'll create a thread so that others who may be wondering if they should go to Win 7 on their m5500's might learn from my mistakes.