It seems that the whole world is buying Dell. I have asked every neighbor and of those that have found their CD everyone owns a DELL. I will keep trying. If I'm not successful in the next few days, I will buy a new XP with COA and the key. The problem is on 15 July I will be leaving for a month and the Dell XP I'm currently using requires activation in 22 days. THus the deadline will come while I'm away, does that mean the the OS will self-destruct, or will it mean that I will be illegal. THe latter is not a problem, because I will load the legitmate new XP I purchase (providing I can't borrow one in the next few days) as soon as I return.