Originally Posted by soyuppy
I have one of those computer that come with win xp pre-install and they never give me the actual cd. My hope is that i don't have to pay for another version of xp.
Check your PC; the manufacturer may have put a the XP CD image on it.
If not, contact the computer manufacturer and you should be able to buy an extra CD for a nominal charge.
Or you can download a copy.
Or you can borrow a copy from a friend.
(This isn't illegal, since all OEM CDs of the same type are identical, and it's your product key that's tied to the license.)
BTW I have never had any problem moving OEM copies of anything from system to system; Microsoft doesn't care so long as you only use it on one system at a time.