Hi Oe6, I found this post from Martha on CHAD; Can't erase files This site has information on how to fix this problem. http://www.softwarepatch.com/tips/howto-delete-xp.html Mike ******* Mike's REPLY SEPARATOR ********* On 8/16/2004 at 5:57 PM 0e60wq102@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: Hi Mike, Your method is sound. However, as I have it, I used EndItAll 2 to kill programs one by one, each time trying Norton DDD, and when the 'something writing to HD' error mssg appeared, refreshing EndItAll 2's list of active programs and trying again. (BTW, there is something rather unique about EIA2's skull & crossbones Desktop icon that really stands out). I've found the culprit. it is mmtask.tsk, a.k.a. MultiMediaTaskApp, located in Windows\System. I can either follow your instructions and keep it from starting anymore, or perhaps I can go to add/remove programs to the Windows options and find it there and remove it. Oe6 --- "Mike mikebike-at-telus.net |24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx|" <hig2i2h0ft0t@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Hi Oe6, that is why I was suggesting safe mode, only Windows critical programs should be running. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.