Sir, I do not know if you have read my last thread, it does not seem to be a hot topic though two members were kind enough to offer suggestions to my problem of no XP firewall due to missing Shared Access albeit w/o fortunate result. I have not found the service anywhere on my computer including such reg backups as made by Windows or certain reg cleaners I have used recently. I have tried suggested remedies in a couple of the MS kbs addressing this, also to no avail. I will continue to try to solve this but as my time at the computer is often resrticted it would help allot for now if you would answer one simple question: Is your software dependent on Shared Access service or Not? For now I just need a firewall. Thank you.