Before I set up my new mini, I carefully did a lot of research on what the easiest method might be to get the Windows XP capability that I need. I finally realized that the easiest thing to do was just try a trial of parallels . . if I like it, I'll keep it. Otherwise I can switch to Fusion. Great, so I download parallels, go to do the XP installation and quickly realize I have a mess on my hands! The software I was given for installing XP is as follows: a Win98 cd, an XP upgrade CD, and (I'm not making this up, I swear!) a thumbdrive with some additional files that I was told I'd need to complete the installation. Okay, in retrospect, maybe just going out and buying XP would have been easier, but I need this for some volunteer teaching I'm doing, and this is what the school gave me. Anyway, the Parallels installer (which was expecting XP) had no clue what to do with the Win98 files I pointed it to . . . and, frankly, neither did I. Yes, before you send me there, I have found the user-created online guide to installing Win98 on parallels. Problem is, my final objective is not Win98, but XP - and there's no guide that tells me how to upgrade from the one to the other. I also find it more than a little bit unsettling that the user-created guide differs completely from the info given in the official Parallels user guide . . . . And, of course, neither of them tell me what to do with those extra bits from the thumbdrive! So, I'm feeling pretty useless and overwhelmed. About the only thing I can do is tell you what files are on what cds . . . so if anyone is willing to help, and needs that info, please ask!