Hi folks. I've been battling malware and in the midst of it ... ended up having a windows update toast my system. It was the WP Service Pack and now I get blue screen on boot-up (Error:C0000218 Registry File Failure). I do have a back-up using ATI and an external hard drive from 2 weeks ago. I have never had to use this system and frankly I want to be extra certain that I am proceeding correctly so that I don't lose any of my data. Should I try to get into my system somehow (?) and back-up some of those files BEFORE I do the full-image restore? Can someone please detail this for me, like you were talking to a little child, so I can move forward? Also, I now have no Internet access at home, I'm using the public library to try to get some help, so if I don't come back to the thread right away it's only b/c my library session has ended and I can't log on again until tomorrow. Please help me if you can. Thank you! -- I should add that I bought the boxed version retail - and have never made a recovery disk as I thought the cd acts as one. Hope that's so. Also, the version I have is 11, purchased last April. -- ALSO, since the malware is presumably still there ... Will I just end up corrupting my back-up by restoring it?