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 computer...no 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!  
thanks,
capreol
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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.
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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).
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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
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=12934
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
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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...
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n2fcCommented:
@Eirman:
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!
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capreolAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot for your good advice.  Much appreciated!
capreol
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@capreol  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Thanks for the info n2fc ..... One would have needed a lot of floppies!
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n2fcCommented:
No problem!
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