My question has to do with copyright infringements and licensing.
My situation is this: My Windows XP operating system broke down to a point where the only way to repair it, is with the CD. I lost my Windows XP installation CD when I was moving. I went to several stores to try to buy one, and discovered that Microsoft pulled the XP installation CDs off the shelves after Vista was released.
The only thing that I could thing that I could do was spend 80 dollars extracting my data from my hard drive and another 200 for a full Vista installation CD.
A friend suggested that I download XP installation CD data from a torrent and then burn it onto a CD. Then install XP again from the information burned from the CD. He assured me this is legal because I already have a licensed version of XP on my computer. It's just broken.
Is this legal as he says? If so, where can I find the legal basis for this instance of downloading commercial software for free?