Yes but back in 2005 i have migrated my 2001 windows xp installation i had in my old nforce1 motherboard to my current (since 2005) nForce4 Machine using a backup Norton ghost image. This Methuselah installation dated back to 2001! ...
It even survived and i did not reinstall windows XP, when in October 2006 i changed from my single core cpu to a dual core. This was be done with the help of a friend expert changing the installation Hall file. You can read in more detail here.
I do not know how to prove my sayings to you? i am open to ideas ... The Windows Install Date Thingie reports the original Installation Windows XP date only for the specific current Motherboard.
The only thing i came up was to run a file search dated before 2004... and i came up with this results, see for your self: