Gord & all: A big amen to the recommendation of clean O/S installation over upgrades. Even with *nix installs, I always start clean, saving my other data partitions when possible. With Windows installs, it's suicidal to upgrade. Come on, I usually do a fresh install from scratch at minimum of 18 months of use on a Win machine, since they just get slower and more unstable as time goes on. It's especially bad if you're a power user and installing/removing applications on a regular basis. Doing an upgrade on a Win O/S is just likely to add to the problems. Format and go fresh every time. Scully P.S. I've got a Dell Latitude 810, very similar to your Inspiron 8100, and yes these babies are nice. Try watching a DVD with the 1600 x 1200 display on your next flight.