What to do about a computer with Windows ME that really just needs to be shot? I'm the high bidder on a new copy of XP on eBay, but there are four days left on the auction and I don't really have a prayer. I'm a broke college student and have no idea what to do about this damn thing. I can't afford to spend more than $25 on software like that. I'd reformat the hard drive, get rid of Windows, and put Linux on there (I just bought Linux for Dummies, 2nd Edition), but my partner doesn't want to give up Windows just yet.