My friend just got a new intel mac. I went over to his house to view this fine quality device and the first thing i see is a Windows XP desktop. Now here's a guy who's been on Mac his whole life. I'm a guy who boots about 10 different OS's, OSX is my primary. I said "awesome, where'd you get the copy of windows?" "The store." "How much?" "$275." At that point I walked up to him and backhanded him. Never buy the retail version of Windows, always buy the OEM. The complete Windows XP Pro SP2 is available at tigerdirect.com for 139.99. Unrelated -- Does the Windows XP Media Center work on mac?