First off, hope you all had a good xmas !! My laptop's been slowly grinding to a halt over the last few weeks and in the last few days, it just refused to do anything. Thankfuly, I managed to get a new HD today from Stockport - And Hello to the guy who tested my ABS. I wasn't sure wether the finger you gave me was the number of brain cells you have or the gallons of snakebite you'd consumed. Whatever - I hope you got home safe. So.... new hard drive installed. I'm trying to keep programs to a minimum. But, in msconfig and start up menu's, how can I keep things to a 'minimum'? how much can I disable in start up an services?? Many thanks. Jay. .