I feel your "pain," but we are all here to make general suggestions, to not only you, but to those who maybe reading your posts to get their own help, and they are too shy to ask. I know that I harp on reformatting, just as an example, and I get reminded that there are better ways...but like you, I have, over time, found, that 9 times out of 10, that is end result, so why not get it over with and move on.
It seems like yesterday when I was fighting with DOS, and Windows 3.1. 3.1 totally floored me...and here we are on the verge of VISTA! ...with out blinking an eye. The issue is, in my humble opinion, that MS rushes its products to market with out fully testing them and altering the designs in the software...WE are left to pick up the pieces...as noted in the long delay to VISTA, which is still in the tank. Much beta testing is still going on, with millions of tweaks.
Don't panic, go easy on yourself...
One wee suggestion, if you have to reinstall Windows to the first partition, do not reformat the hard drive...just do a simple reinstall cum-repair. You may lose everything on the whole drive otherwise. Use the Windows, built in partitioning agent, not a 3rd party program. I used Partition Magic, and lost everything...no loss, as I had everything on Disks, but it was the principle of the matter. I was advised by a geek to only use Windows Partioning agent... I have not had to test this hypothesis out yet.
Edited by b1caez01, 16 September 2006 - 10:09 PM.