Hi all, I'll keep this short for both our sakes: 1- Installed legit copy of XP pro 2- Lost disc and license, as a result never reinstalled 3- 6-7 years later, it finally won't boot up 4- Got Linux on the other hard drive, works fine 5- Downloaded and installed 'naughty' copy of XP pro Now I have two installs of XP on the same hard drive, one which wont boot and one which will: but presumably the one that will is going to need activation at some point. What I'd love to hear at this point is: 1- Dont worry, you can do a completely clean install of XP and because you activated it once already, it will remember, because Microsoft aren't all baby-eaters and meth heads. OR 2- Well, its a bit more complicated, but some freeware genius has made a great bit of software that will find your license, even on an unbootable drive. OR 3- You're stuffed mate. Other stuff: -I can still access all my files, apps and games though none of them appear to be installed. -From Linux I can reach all files on both hard drives, XP hasn't found the Linux hard drive. Well, fire away, any suggestions are much appreciated.