Ok, I decided to custom build a system as opposed to purchasing a new one from a store. Here are the specs: GIGABYTE GA-945GZM-S2 Core 2 Duo/ 945GZ/ DDR2/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard # GA-945GZM-S2 # CPU: Socket 775 support Intel Core 2 Extreme/ Core 2 Duo/ Pentium D/ Pentium 4/Celeron D processors; FSB 1066 (Overclock)/800/533 MHz # Chipset: Intel 945GZ Express & ICH7 # Memory: 2x 240pin DDR2-533/400 DIMMs, Dual Channel, Max Capacity 2GB # Slots: 1x PCI-Express x16 Slot (Run on x4); 3x PCI Slots # IDE/SATA: 1x ATA-100 Channel, 4x SATA2 Ports # Audio: Realtek ALC888 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC # Video: Integrated Intel GMA950 Graphics Controller # LAN: Marvell 8001 Gigabit Ethernet Controller # Ports: 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4 by headers); 2x PS/2 Ports; 1x Serial Port; 1x Parallel Port; 1x VGA Port; 1x RJ-45 LAN Port; Audio I/O Jack # Power Connector: 1x 24pin Main Power, 1x 4pin 12V CPU Power # Form Factor: Micro ATX, 22 x 24.4 cm SONY 20X DVD+/-RW DUAL LAYER BURNER Seagate Barracuda ST3160815AS ~ SATA ~ 300 (3 Gb/s) SATA ~ 2 / SATA ~ II Hard Drive The operating system I'm trying to load is XP Pro. This a clean install, with the hard drive never having had an OS before. The drive will format, reboot, and when it tries to install XP, I get an error message that reads: Error: SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file "D:\I386\asms\52\MSFT\Windows\NET\DXMRTP\DXMRTP.MAN" on line 5. Error: Installation failed: D\I386\asms. Error Message: The Data is invalid. Fatal Error: One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. The data is invalid. I click OK and the system reboots and continues this cycle. I have to 2 different XP cd's and they both give the same error message. I've tried using my Linux and it will freeze up. I've tried using a different RAM stick, a different hard drive, a different optical drive and still I get the same message. Using the original equipment that I intended the computer to have, I disabled all peripherals and still I get that message. Does anyone know how to fix this or get around it? I wanted to use XP instead of Vista, but should I use Vista since this motherboard was built to run it?