Long story: Installed Norton System Works 2003 because I got in on the $30 deal and wanted Norton Ghost. It installed, but none of the executables would run. Double-clicking them would bring up an hourglass for two seconds and that was it. No program, no processes, nothing. I still don't know why this happened. I uninstalled Norton, defragged, and told DK 7 to perform a directory consolidation on next boot. I rebooted, the consolidation ran, and the system rebooted itself again. At the WinXP / Recovery console menu, I chose WinXP and BAM!!! "Could not find HAL.DLL." After changing my underwear, I attempted to go into Recovery Console, but it refused to run do to the missing file. I was forced to reinstall XP. Four hours later, I had things back the way I wanted them, and thinking that Norton had caused the initial meltdown, I defragged again, and set DiskKeeper to perform a directory consolidation on next boot. I rebooted, it performed the consolidation, and BAM!! "Can not find the DLLs required for Kernel." This time it allowed me into Recovery Console, but it proved useless. It also allowed me to begin a Repair Installation of XP, but XP quickly turned that into a full-blown reinstall. So... eight hours wasted on back to back super crashes. I didn't have any problem with DiskKeeper before I installed SP1. And my hard drive checks out just fine with Seagate's disk checker. Any ideas? Oh... I also re-installed Norton, and while some components work, others refuse to. I'm guessing it's because I keep the number of services I run pretty low, but every other program I have runs great, so Norton can kiss my butt. I ordered DriveImage.