I bought two netbooks which came with XP Home and they are full of bloatware. The netbooks came with no disks, and there is no optical drive anyway. There is also a lack of a restore partition. The only option they give me for backup is to use Roxio software to do a complete system backup onto CD/DVD, which I can't do without an external CD/DVD drive. Sure I can back up files to an external hard drive or flash drive, but the point is I want a system back up, but the Roxio software only supports doing such a back up to CD/DVD. Also it's a new netbook and I have no information to backup anyway. Before you suggest it, I already know how to install Windows off a Flash Drive. I had intended to install Windows 7 on this netbook. I was certain that this newer netbook would have SLIC 2.1 in the BIOS, but I was wrong. Normally I would just hard-mod the BIOS without a second thought, but these are gifts for my sisters and I don't want to risk it. I have thought about just letting it go and giving them the netbooks as they are now, but I just don't feel right giving them a system that is bloated and doesn't have a back up prepared. So I have opted to try the soft-mod for Windows 7, a process which I have never had any luck with. I've always had to end up hard-modding. If I fail at getting Windows 7 running and activated on their system I am just going to install Windows XP Home/Pro. This is my problem. I would gladly reinstall the legit copy of Windows XP Home (sans the bloatware), but I can't find an OEM version online. Also, the version that comes with the netbook is the ULCPC version, so I am not sure if the product key for that will work with a standard OEM copy. I could call HP/Compaq and have them send it to me, but that will take time and I don't feel like shelling out the cash for shipping. Instead I guess I could install Windows XP Pro, but I don't have a product key for Pro. I am well aware of how OEM activation for Vista and Windows 7 works, but I have no idea how it works for XP. If I want to install XP Pro, will it be easy since I own an OEM machine that came installed with a version of XP? Meaning I don't need any special loaders or BIOS hacks. Do I need to download Certs? Do I need SLP keys? What are the commands for activation? Sorry this post was so long. I just wanted you to see where I am coming from. Confused.