yeah, *again*, that will be difficult, b/c this dell mini has no cd drive. also, all i did was a simple copy & paste of those few tiny programs--and, actually, what I'm saying is that things are better now after what I've done than they have been since i started this. moreover, as I already mentioned, the sfc /scannow did not look to have improved any of the issues I'd been having. lastly, by this and your last several replies, it does not look like you're really reading my posts. I do sincerely appreciate the volunteer help on these forums for the most part, but this kind of help is not really helping anyone. Edit: also, from what others, like that guy's link I already referenced, suggest is that this is Not a manufacturer (i.e. Dell) issue--it is an XP issue, which Dell consistently strives to expose anyway, so that they can pass the buck and not help at all.
Edited by moscatomg1, 01 July 2010 - 11:19 AM.