hi i read this thread techspot.com /vb/topic92054. html (sorry for the spaces and not the full link but i had two in order to put it there cause this is only my 2nd post) and i had a question i am about to upgrade to a better mobo . i have a compaq which has a OEM version of xp that came with it when i got the computer in 04. i dont have a disk for it. ive never used the key on the side of the tower . never had to do a reinstall . ive did alot of searching on this and alot of the stuff that i found said i couldnt do it . i would have to buy a new xp. but what is wrote in that thread gave me hope lol so that is why i am writing. wheni put the new mobo in and i have to call , is this going to be accepted? please write back with any info , and i appologize again if this is a hassle thanks in advace for any advice given oh and if there is any info that is needed , i will give... ive did alot of researching and have found a lot of little things people have said to get around this but i want to do it the right way and this is like my last resort right here. it wouldnt be a issue if i had the money to get it, but that is the issue, im getting the mobo as a gift.