I'll do it for $40 hr labor and it will cost $100 for the XP OS. If its only an OS install, it will take an hour, if its backing up your data and then reinstalling all programs and data, 2-3 hours. Thats also if you are close by or will deliver to me.
I own my own IT company and I do this stuff regularly for clients.
I have had no problems with XP as long as you upgrade to the lastest service packs. Seemed a little flaky before that. I would do XP over 2K because its newer.
As far as the legality, yes its illegal to download it from the internet and install it. Unless you get a special version with a certain registration key, it will not even work. While it is possible, it can take work and possible future maintenance. I do not suggest it for non-nerds and especially if you are worried about legalities.
Last edited by chris; 12-09-2002 at 08:34 AM.