windows xp question

I have many computers!  One of them is a hobby computer that has Windows XP home edition installed.  The license key is on the box.  The operating system is corrupt because Internet Explorer is giving many error messages.  I want to purchase a disk that will allow me to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition.  Remember...this is a hobby answers telling me I am out in left field please!  Anyway, I visited eBay and there are many individuals selling different Windows XP packages.  What are the caveats to assist me in making a purchase...a purchase that will work!  
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
eBay is probably your best choice.

Look for a seller with a good rating, send a message and ask if the purchase will come with a legal key. Ask if it can be returned if the key does not work.

I purchased a legal Vista Business DVD with good key on eBay and used it to create a Vista virtual machine. No problems.
Dave MarshalonisAssociateCommented:
I would also try craigslist.  Many people received new computers for the holidays and may be looking to get rid of their old ones (including accompanied media).
Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you have a name brand computer like a Dell or an HP, you don't have to worry about the 'key' if you can get a matching disk for your computer.  I have a Dell Windows XP CD that has worked on all the Dell computers I have collected without entering a key.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Believe it not you still can download the floppy disk version from microsoft
You should be able to join them into one file.
It's SP2 but you can still update online.

When searching for XP ISO i came across many links that I would be wary of posting here.
Do your own search.

It is quite legit to borrow a disk from a friend and use your own product key
n2fcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You neglect to say if the "hobby" is the usage or the manufacturer!

If this is a name-brand (like HP, Dell, etc) PC, you can reinstall from that manufacturer's OEM disk, with no serial needed, since these are pre-licensed in the motherboard BIOS...

In fact, if this is a PC from the "XP era" from a "name-brand" OEM that is so pre-licensed, you can install ANY XP (including Pro and/or Media Center edition...
PS: That link STILL requires the CD to proceed!  It is merely a set of floppies that will get past the issue of REALLY OLD PC's whose BIOS will NOT boot from CD, but only from floppies!
capreolAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot for your good advice.  Much appreciated!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@capreol  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Thanks for the info n2fc ..... One would have needed a lot of floppies!
No problem!
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