|You can't create an installation CD out of thin air & you can't pull the files off your hard drive. You either need to make a copy of a friends disc & use YOUR product key to do the reinstall, or you may be able to find a copy of the disc in ISO format thru the torrents. The ISO file will need to be converted & burned to a disc using a program such as ImgBurn.|
"my optical drive can only read/ burn CD's"
So what's the problem? XP fits on a CD.