I'm typing this using a 2002 Dell Inspiron 2650 with Windows XP that works fine. My more recent though out of warranty Acer that came with Windows Vista is out of commission. Windows vista kept running badly and crashing over and over. Then it locked up completely. When I try to start the computer it comes up with a screen saying that it is unable to load windows and it just keeeps trying and failing and retrying again indefinitely. So I finally turned it off set it aside and got the Dell out of mothballs. All of my anti-virus and security settings were in accordance witht he sticky at the top of this forum, AVG, Spybot, Spyware blaster, etc. and all up to date. I believe that my data is still there. I also believe that if I remove the drive, then replace it with a new and make the old drive with my data hopefully still on it into an external slave drive I should be able to access it. BTW, I mean pay someone to do the above since I am a TOTAL techno-phobe who can barely type and only recently got a cell phone and even then only a pay as you go one. Any suggestions or feedback?