Problem solved. My objective was to go to Windows 7 Pro and since my computer was originally a Vista O/S upgraded to Windows 7 Pro, I was trying to follow the same steps with a reinstall but I ran into problems every step of the way as you know,. I finally found out, very late last night, that if I was reinstalling Vista it had better be with SP2 since that is what is supported,. My reinstall wasn't with SP2 and I didn' t have any other disks, so I took a shot with the Windows 7 Pro and here I am typing this to you. As it turns out, right now, I don't have anything in my Control Panel and I went to BC from Yahoo and it was very slow going, which was one of the problems that I had before the reinstall. When I did get to BC and clicked to the sign on, it took a long time, so I don't know if the reinstall has solved any of the problems I was having before it and it remains to be seen. Usually, I was woking from Google Chrome. Now, I will go on to download what I need and see how things go. I don't expect a miracle and maybe I need a new computer but I'll find out. I do have a new hard drive with 1T so I do have plentiy to accomodate the Linux you mention and maybe change would be good. I'lll see. Meanwhile, thanks for your lhelp and maybe we'll meet again.