I posted this over at computing.net and got one helpfull response, am I am just looking for any other insights, thoughts etc. I managed to get a Sony PCV-RX640, pretty much for free, with a 1.3 ghz Celeron, 60 GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive, CD-RW Drive 16X max,10X,max 40X, DVD-ROM Drive 16X/40X max. I put in a 32mb Nvidia AGP graphics card, and have 512mb of Ram, along with a SoundBlaster Live sound card (which XP seems too hate). This is my first foray into XP, and I would like to know a couple of things.I tweaked a bit, all updates, and new drivers installed over the net, etc. There was alot of superfolus software already installed (as is the case with most OEM distrobutions), so I thought what the heck, format, wipe and install. Well basically my question is this; Sony, as gracious as they are, supply 4 system restoration disks, and so far the only way to reinstall is to recreate the partions and restore the factory settings, per these disks. I think I found XP on disk 1 under the "i386" folder, is there a way to transfer the contents of this directory to a wiped HD and install from the HD. Much like doing a wipe on a win9x box, e.g. from a bootdisk, mkdir "cabs", then from the cd drive, x:\win98 copy *.* c:\cabs, thus running setup from the HD and getting a "clean" install? I realize that it is an OEM version of XP Home, but with a little hacking here and there is this possible?? Or am I going to have to go out and fork over $199 to Micro$oft for the retail version?? Thanks for taking the time to read this, Andy, P.S. any links on this subject also appreciated.