Thanks for answering
I don't have the software key for XP - although I should be entitled to a liscenced copy - my Compaq, HP said is obsolete and they won't help me. I lost my recovery disks. My son and his buddy changed out my motherboard, and then we found we ran into the software issue. It is 5 yrs. old but I sure can't afford to buy another anytime soon. I don't know the particulars, but I've upgraded just about everything on it except the monitor. Like I said, I'm a RPG programmer. Ask me anything about the IBM midranges and I can probably answer you, but I don't know squat about my PC. So I can't use Windows XP without the key, and it makes me mad that this situation will force me to upgrade both my PC and OS so I'm looking for alternatives. Are you a Unix pgmr? Can you recommend any books?