You had better get used to backing things up.
Hard drives are temporary storage. The 2003 Office is only a DEMO. It will only work for 60 days then you must pay for it.
If you want that program, you better buy it so you will have the disks. Otherwise you just get the pre-install on the hard drive and you may run into this later.
XP is not the problem here.
It is much more stable and easier to install just about everything on than previous versions of windows.
I am beginning to really hate XP! I've only had the computer for 1 month and between printer and scanner problems (finally fixed), now cannot do a system restore. Accidently deleted Microsoft Office 2003 Trial version while installing an earlier version, now I can't restore, had to uninstall SP2 for the 2nd time, have contacted Hp and Microsoft and the only advice I'm given is to do a system recovery! This meaning I would have to reinstall all driver's and applications for the umpteenth time, then reinstall the SP2. I've asked for the "Trial" version from Microsoft and HP, answer is "do non-destructive recovery". Anyone have any suggestions on who I can contact to just get the software (MS Office 2003 Edition) without having to do a standard, non-destructive or full system recovery? Backing up everything is one of the last things I wanted to do... Does anyone have any other suggestions before I do a recovery? HELP Please?