Thanks for the speedy reply. Have been dabbling in the UAC area already today, and if I can't get the AVD/S&D downloads that I need, will definitely hit teh google. Still ******* HATE Vista. I don't care HOW many millions that they sink into marketing this crap, there's a REASON why they're already beta-testing its SUCCESSOR. I swear that they did 98.2, 2000, ME and Vista ON PURPOSE. Just to make us appreciate the GOOD ones even more, and then to listen to our tortured screams of anguish when they take them away, the bastids. If my prior laptop hadn't exploded, I wasn't turning loose of XP until after 7 had been market-tested. Bastids.