Ok, I was having serious problems, my computer was crashing every time I tried to get online. I got rid of everything new I had dl'd, disabled my firewall since it had just updated to a new version and nothing worked. Out of frustration ( i did all my scans, tried everything I could think of) I tried a sys restore. Wouldn't do it. So I gave in and did a sys recovery. I have a HP Pavalion a206x running win xp. When I was setting everything set back up I discovered the problem was my firewall, zone alarm, didn't agree with my peoplepc software. Ok, got a new firewall. But the sys recovery messed up a lot of things. Now I can't access Norton System Works, windows update, windows security center, or the automatic updates tab in system properties. Norton is workable, I had planned on trying to get a newer version anyway. But I'm stuck with windows as it was in 2003 and can't update anything. I go to windows update and it gets stuck on "checking if your computer has the latest updating software" Then nothing, it never searches for updates or anything. And I can't set up automatic updates. So what can I do to fix my screw up?