I have two hard drives. The virus only got to one of them.One is xp home the other is xp pro. The xp home is the one that's damaged. Kaspersky completely removed all traces of the virus. Without writing a book, let me tell you what happened. I bought an emachine about 2 1/2 years age, it crapped out about three weeks after the one year mark, so no warranty. Not learning my lesson, I went out and bought another one. I took the first hard drive and put it in the new one as a slave, all was well. Both of the drives had oem xp home on them. Along came the virus and took out the newer of the two drives and the bios. I re-flashed the bios and all was well, so I thought. Whenever I would boot of either HD it would tell me that I needed to re-register windows. The newer one was no problem, still had all the info. The other drive kept saying that the copy of windows did not belong to this computer, and the original disks and paperwork were long gone, so being not to bright I called Microsoft. Fought with them for two hours, long story short, they told me that I didn't own my copy of windows that was on that drive, and that emachines was just letting me use it (????) so what i did by putting the old drive in the new computer was illegal. So I dug out an old copy of xp pro that I bought a few years ago, loaded it on the older drive, registered it, and good to go. I was having a driver problem a week or so ago and when I went to do a system restore on the newer drive (oem xp home) it wouldn't work (virus took it out). What I'm trying to avoid is formatting another drive, going through another 15 million hours of updates, and reloading all my programs again. I tried to boot to recovery but without a restore disk(dumb me never made one) i'm out of luck. I will try any ideas. Thanks for the reply jefro I appreciate the ideas.