Buy or borrow...an XP install CD...delete everything, do a clean install of XP...and never have to look back.http://software.pricegrabber.com/windows-o...e_us_broad/rd=1http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...soft-_-32116774
. Note that the Family Pack version of this O/S averages out to a cost of $56 per license (can install on 3 systems)http://www.pricewatch.com/browse/software_...xp_media_center
Actually, at this date...I don't suggest to anyone to install XP as an O/S, it has had its day.
If installing a new O/S today, I install Windows 7 Home Premium (which I think many current XP-users need to take a look at).
For those in love with XP, it has been a reliable, known O/S...but time moves on and time improves some things. I think Windows be one of those things.
I almost forgot...there are retailers (not system manufacturers) selling HP, Dell, etc. recovery/restore disks these days. Example: http://www.stootsi.com/store/cat.aspx?cat=12350&pg=1
Edited by hamluis, 11 November 2009 - 02:39 PM.