Hi, I got to thinking earlier....my new computer came loaded with XP Home. When shopping around, most manufacturers explicitly stated "Dell/Compaq/whoever recommends Windows XP Professional." Is there any reason for this recommendation, other than the fact that it gets them more money? I wouldn't call myself a true Home user, in that I do care about stability and networking (soon I may implement a home network to split a cable line among four computers) and about being able to "hot rod" Windows to my liking. Does XP Home provide enough of these capabilities to warrant keeping it, or should I upgrade to Pro? Upgrading to Pro would also solve my earlier concern about the lack of a true XP Installation CD, but I don't know if it's worth the cost. I have seen XP Pro OEM CDs available, but I don't think I clearly understand the OEM concept: is the CD a full install? Also, I know that the Upgrade CD would work from XP Home, but if I were to upgrade I would want to completely format and start again, erasing any proof of previous Windows software. Previously, I have done this using a Windows 98SE Upgrade disc and using my old Win 3.11 floppies as proof, but XP won't accept Win 3.11. However, I do have an older computer with a 98SE install (albeit from an upgrade CD). I hope this doesn't break any forum rules, but are there certain files that the CD looks for from 98SE that I can put on a floppy and use as proof? If not, could I simply install the 98SE hard drive as a slave and use that as proof? Finally, I am a high school student: is there any discount for Windows XP software available like there is for OfficeXP?