Hello and thanks for the help given me getting Windows 7 on my backup laptop. Everything is perfect and all the tools worked great! Now the current question. I have an older Dell (2006) laptop that runs XP Home Edition. Of course, I don't have the restore disks for it. My kids like having it around to run some of the older games that crap out on newer OS's. The drive began sputtering out on it a year ago so I shelved it and didn't bother with it for a while. Then the motherboard-integrated graphics card went on another of my older laptops so I pulled out the old drive from that one, reformatted it and put it in the Dell. Then I used links here to download a retail copy of Windows XP Home Edition which is what was originally on the machine. I installed it, no problem, and I tried to activate it using the Product Key from the computer. No dice. Invalid. Called MS customer support for help as I DO have a legit license for this. No dice. Can't help me. Key shows invalid to them, too! After 45 minutes on the phone to India struggling to surmount the language barrier, they told me to call Dell. I have about 3 weeks left on the trial month. I really need to get this activated. Can you guys steer me to the proper threads/instructions/files? I did a bunch of looking around but am not sure what to do. Lots of dead links and deleted links. Thanks a bunch for the help! Also, please keep in mind I am green at this "complicated" stuff, so keep it pretty layman-style for me if you don't mind.