In my "wisdom" when faced with the news of multiple burgarlies in my area over Christmas, & I then had to leave the house unattended for most of Christmas Day, I determined to beat the beggars should they decide to try my house, and went and hid my brand new Win 7 discs!! Unfortunately and rather stupidly I didn't bother to make any note anywhere of where I put them, and now, months on, can't find them anywhere I would expect to have hidden them. Compounded by the fact that I took both discs out of the box (which I found ok) and presumably stuck them either into a CD case or whatever, but regardless, I've just NO idea what the heck I did with them. Sheer stupidity on my part in every sense, as I'm disabled with a raft of chronic pain conditions, so on narcotics (had hidden those too & almost didn't find them again either!), & have had this happen before when my memory's let me down, but not quite as badly as this. SO while there's still a chance that I might yet find the discs, do I have any options open to me if I don't & want to reinstall Win 7 - come to that, am I as likely to ever need to reinstall Win 7 as often as I needed to my XP?? I'm just currently finding Win 7 now as slow as sludge and know XP always benefitted from a reinstall and nice clean system folder (at least until I bunged it up again). Would Microsoft be willing to provide me with new discs and/or a copy of my COA given the software was activated on installation or is that info held somewhere on my PC anyway so I could at least get that retrieved? Just a bit of a scary dilemma as I truly could never afford to buy another copy (took me all last year to save for the original) & don't want to wait until something happens & I then don't have the software to enable me to reinstall. Any suggestions??