Well here is a newbie mistake. I did a backup of my documents folder, Desktop icons and shortcuts etc, and my Outlook backup folders, and my favorites. I restored that archive onto my new laptop. I allowed it to choose the overwrite option if needed.I figured it was ok as Iwas not restoring anything that was a program. Just folders with office and exceldocuments etc. When it got done restoring, all my shortcuts just imported on my desktop would no longer work. The error was The target of this internet shortcut is not valid. When I would try and open a folder that I restored, I would get the error C:\Documents and settigs\my name\Desktop\the name of the folder\is not accessible. Access is denied. Basically it won't allow me to open up any of the documents or folders in my documents folder. It also messed up a couple of my programs. Anyone ever run nto this and have a fix other than a full reload of windows? I am running Win XP Pro with Office 2003.