99.99% of the buyers will not be able to get the laptop fully functional. I can write with authority that Microsoft certainly doesn't have what you need on their CDs.
You can use your XP Pro CD to bump up the usual XP Home to XP Pro. Unless battling the OS issues is your thing.
I want to buy a notebook, one I can play The Sims 2 on without problems. I prefer 1Gb of ram, an 80Gig hard drive, and 1-2GHz processor. I already have a licensed copy of Windows XP because I have a student discount and I bought it at school last year. I want to buy a notebook, without the OS because I can install it myself. Does anyone recommend any sites to check out? And if not, what do you think of Dell and Gateway? Granted they come with an OS, but overall, what has your experience been with them? Thanks.