Hello: I have installed a valid XP pro several times on existing older desktops to upgrade older OS. I had fully functional device manager listings in all cases except a Gateway, which left me w/o drivers fro audio, video, and network. It was very difficult to find them, but eventually I did, and all worked well. Now that it is difficult to get xp on a new laptop purchase, and I don't like Vista, I notice that Dell is only shipping xp thru 6/30/08, even though support extends to 2014. If I buy a Dell 1525 laptop that comes with Vista, will I have driver issues for any customary hardware, e.g., sound, video, network, wireless, if I wipe the drive and install xp? I realize wiping the drive removes my hidden reinstall partition, but I intend to back up the new install with a clone program. Dell does offer xp till 6/18 on the 1520, but you pay more for less to get this model rather than reinstalling on a 1525. Thanks for your comments.