My question is actually two (2) parts. 1) I have a HP Pavillion and have a new MOBO and CPU. I can't tattoo the MOBO cause the HP Tattoo Utility tells me the BIOS on the new MOBO is not supported. I only have the recovery discs for Windows XP and will run into the same prob with the MOBO tattoo. My question is, does someone have a step-by-step into creating a bootable Windows XP installation disc from the hard drive? 2) Will this circumvent the MOBO tattoo lock out? Any help would be much appreciated. I don't really feel like buying a retail of the OS as I already paid for it when I bought the PC in the first place. If all else fails, I have the beta of Vista that I registered for when Microsoft had it up for download. Will it still work? I never activated the product key for Vista. My last option is to go the way of Linux. If it comes down to that, can someone recommend a good download. Thanks in advance for all your help.