Wow, it's so quiet here you can hear a pin drop. Is everyone glued to their TV's instead of their computer screens these days? Hey Vic, hows it going over there? I don't have any computer related stuff so I'll just add this so it won't be totally off topic. Pam ------------------------------------------------------------------- Reinstalling Windows by Christy Snow Reinstalling Windows is a major hassle. Basically, there are two popular ways to reinstall Windows: Over the Top and Clean Install. "Over the top" installation simply means that you are reinstalling Windows right over an existing installation. During an over the top install, Windows Setup proceeds to read your existing registry, reinstalls all your current registry settings and program installations, and most importantly, retains most of the old system files. The Over the Top method is fairly easy and rarely requires you to reinstall any extra component, driver, or system file that was previously part of the existing Windows configuration. However, Over the Top does have one killer drawback -- if you have an existing glitch with an existing error in your registry or, if a corrupted system file pre-exists before the Over the Top reinstallation, these glitches will likely be retained after an Over the Top reinstall. The second method of reinstall, or the "Clean Install," is usually considered the "preferred" method since it offers the only way to lay down a pristine OS. The process normally starts off with a format of the hard drive which deletes everything on the drive. Of course, the big disadvantage to this method is that you will still have to reinstall your programs and all your custom settings plus you'll have to restore your data (that you've recently backed up to a storage device.) This is why Over the Top reinstalls remain so popular. The third method of reinstalling without losing your settings is something that we've only tried with Windows and with previous versions of Windows. You should not try this method unless you've already resigned yourself to the possibility of doing a Clean Install and have backed up all your existing data to a removable storage device anyway. The process involves renaming the current Windows folder as "WinTemp" and assumes that you have ample disk space available. First, make a copy of the Windows/System subfolder, and place this copy outside the Windows folder. Do the same with the two Windows files User.dat and System.dat (these are the two registry files), as well as Win.ini. Proceed and delete the entire Windows folder and reinstall Windows in the usual way. You will then have a new Windows installation. Now see if that fixes the problem you first set out to fix. If it does, then instead of going through all the hassle of reinstalling everything, you can simply replace the new System subfolder with the old one, and do the same with the two registry files and Win.ini. That way, you have the new install, but with the old System files all in place (which will include a lot of program-specific ..dll files and drivers) and the old registry (faults and all). This reinstall method of windows will never be as effective as reinstalling everything from scratch, and probably won't correct existing old registry corruptions or .dll conflicts. But one thing we've learned is that it will bring your PC back to life, where an "Over the Top" reinstall fails on Windows. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.