So i've never done this so try not to flame. I was given my computer as a gift and it didn't come with a XP cd. I really can't afford one at the time but I'd like to reformat because my computer is running terribly. I dont have a CD or DVD burner believe it or not, but I can afford one since they are cheap right now. Here are my basic questions. If I install a DVD burner what exactly do I have to copy? just things i want like my My Documents folders and what not? Second, I understand that a windows XP cd can only be used on 1 computer by the original owner. Can't I call up and tell them i'm reformatting and need a new password? Before anyone rips on me about using someone elses XP cd, it's really my only option right now. I've done searches and i'm still reading up on how exactly to do this. Any info is really appreciated. Thank you.