just want to add that my friend did go to the microsoft official download site and only found floppies (NO CD) boot disc downloads available for Win XP, so that's the first thing that put him off doing that. why doens't microsoft provide a CD boot disc download at their official site? He might have done that but didn't want to get involved with unknown sites to do a win XP boot disc apart from the microsoft site. I looked at bootdisc.com and frankly, that doesn't look so easy to figure out. Maybe it is to you, because you've done hundreds, but in reading the stuff there, I got lost and he must have too, because he just didn't want to do it. Also, I realize you can't sell me a Win XP boot disc as that would be infringing on them, so didn't seriously mean that, but I'm just so frustrated with this entire situation, that microsoft doesn't make a boot CD (not floppies) available at their site. I spoke to microsoft and they said "we don't make that product anymore" i.e. Win XP Home edition, so apparently all they'll provide to consumers is old floppy disc boot downloads. They do have Win XP Service Pack 3 upgrades but that's not a boot disc, that's an upgrade download and nothing more.