I sometimes at bootup time see msg like "Win can't find C:\Program." Click OK on that, and startup clanks along fine BUT one shouldn't be seeing errors like that, period so I wondered if anyone has ideas on what the problem is and how to fix it perhaps? Oh, and, on another topic: do you folks here shut off apps before shutdown, or in theory is the OS supposed to handle that? (Have XP PRO SP2). Been seeing msg. in Event Viewer about "user never..." something, re an app still using the Reg. and as the final shutdown occurs I see (usually too quickly to read it all) a dialog box about either firewall's process (smc.exe) or similar msg. having to do with NOD32.