Keeping this fairly short: I have one laptop with a hard drive that is toast. I pulled that drive out and replaced it with an old one I had lying around to make sure the machine would start with the other drive - it did, but was painfully slow with the old drive. SO... I am thinking I will just buy a new hard drive to pop in this machine, which is otherwise a decent laptop. My question for those who know these things is, how do I install windows on the new drive? The computer will not boot with the original drive in it, so I can't clone that: I have other machines running the same version of windows, can I use one of those to create a thumb-drive installation? Assuming that is possible, do I then run into licensing issues? I think I have the technology to get all this done, I'm just not sure how to get started.