It always happens to me eventually, but I thought I'd get a little more time from my six-month-old Sony Vaio laptop before the operating system decided to cash it in. When I fired it up yesterday I got some message about how the system configuration had been changed and that (as I recall) the machine was running in a maintenance mode of some kind. I think it gave some direction about how to get back to "Normal." Unfortunately, I instinctively hit the "don't repeat this message again" option, so I can't be sure what it was all about. The operating system starts, but about half the programs stall when I try to launch them, I can't switch to remote VGA mode, all the System Restore points are gone (it told me that System Restore was turned off). Other utility programs are turned off as well, all my network connections are gone, etc. etc. I'm familiar with the old Safe Mode on Win 98, but I don't have much experience troubleshooting XP Home Edition. I'm sure there's a call to Sony Customer Care in my near future, but if anybody's got any suggestions in the meantime, I'm all ears.