Got PRO a week ago, and am no authority on it - so I wonder if I've done something wrong in settings/oprions, or...? Some/all(?) programs have DIRs in "the north forty" and then, those apps can't create path (I think) to said DIR., and therefore I don't get full power of apps I'm using - and missing out some things in SPYBOT S&D, for instance, worry me a bit. So, what am I missing? *** Til recently, I used WIN98SE, and the DIR it used for much of what I'm asking about, was C\WIN\APP DATA (I'm fairly certain). Will be pleased for your help, even if someone just pasted a link in reply, to site where I could read up on this new (to me) OS - so I can find out what to do or not do. AND... after giving up my beloved old ZA 2.6.231 F'wall for PRO's f'wall - how far can I trust it?! (Yes, I bought PRO w/SP1 and 2, and have updated the OS almost every night in past week, re just the critical updates). Thanks, for your advice, as always SG1 (Pat) ===================== *** Am running 1 billion security apps and XP PRO f'wall. I'll likely someday lock myself out! We do not use the p'word thing in PRO's bootup sequence; perhaps I should?