Well, I tried to install vista from scratch on my compaq - I wish I had just a vista disk but no, I had to operate from the disk that came with it, with the usual compaq crapware. But all did not go according to plan. I don't know if it's important but the computer came with a 250 gigabyte hard drive which is toast. Gotta hand it to western digital, they sure do know how to make hard drives that have an exact sense of the amount of time that passes whether the computer is used or not, so that they can fail a month out of warranty. So I tried to install onto a 1 terabyte seagate drive, but when it installed, it hung - in particular, at the end, there was something that took control of the screen and said that I had to wait for it to finish - well, 13 hours later, I stopped waiting, and discovered that vista was running and this thing was just covering up the desktop, and it was a process that could be minimized. It said it was 100% done installing "blocks" though it also said "waiting for block". I found in the root directory (c:) some directories that looked abnormal called the "blocks" directory and another one I don't remember, which I looked inside of and it was filled with hp crud. The name of the directory was XX_XX where the Xs are letters I don't remember (one of them was an F). I did a search on it and people seemed to say that they weren't needed, and some people said a good test was to put them in the recycle bin and if nothing bad happens after a few days, delete them. Which I did. Windows also installed some updates. And it had me reboot. And then, without being connected to the internet on rebooting, it somehow had 2 more updates to install. I did that and rebooted it again, and get this screen every time (see picture). It was very hard to photograph this since it is on the screen for about 40 milliseconds and my camera wouldn't take a picture for some random time between 1 and 4 seconds after I pushed the friggin' button, but here it is. Is this the standard vista blue screen of death or does it indicate something in particular that I might fix? Boy I hate vista already. Not even a day old and the operating system has by anything I've tried irretrievably crashed.