Your tape recordings will be analogue and need to be converted to digital. Not sure if XP can do this, but you can by a program called Magix Audio Cleaning Lab 3, which will do it, and allow you to clean & master the recordings on your PC. It also has a function to record to CD as WAv or MP3, or to record to HDD as MP3, WAV or WMA. The deluxe version, which includes cables costs £14.99 at PC World. I have just started using it, and am still getting to grips with it, but I have successfully transferred cassette recordings to the hard drive. Now trying to clean them up (can be auto or manual) before burning to CD.Just don't expect anything super-quality at this price.