Rabbit: Actually, I refuse to run WinXP, I run Win2000, and ONLY out of neccessity. I would prefer to run Linux, but it doesn't support the software I require. Plus I need to be versed in the WinOS's in order to get a good job in the fields I am interrested in
there is something to be said about knowing your enemy too
Plank's Law: DVDs would be a good suggestion, if it's within his personal budget
Or perhaps picking up the new Plextor premium drive, which allows 980MB storage on standard 700MB CD-Rs. That would help a little too.