hello all. fyi here's something you might be interested in..... before trying new software, or "playing" with my system settings, etc., i always do an image backup (using image for windows). then, if i run into problems, don't like the new software or whatever, i just do a restore. i have always preferred this method of protection over using xp's built in restore function, and it has worked well for me since i installed windowsxp about 6 months ago. yesterday, after a week or so of using a new free cd burning software, i decided i liked my nero burning software better. so, i re-installed nero. i immediately got the message that my winxp license (a legit license) was no longer valid and i would have to "re-activate". i logged onto the activation site and got a message that i could not get a new key, that i would have to buy another license! i called good ole india tech support. i was able to get another activation code. i asked why i was needing to go thru re-activation when my system had not gone through any hardware changes. of course, the girl had no idea. well, i started looking online and found this post... news.zdnet.com/5208-9590-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=5004&messageID=104758&start=-1 so, apparently, winxp does not support image restores!!! if this is true, beware!!! i personally have not decided what i want to do. 1- go back to w2k? 2- turn on built in xp system restore and deal with that resource hog? 3- switch to linux (hummmmm!)? 4- quit messing with my system?