Never got an installation CD for Vista - just HP OEM recovery partition, so no Vista recovery console. On startup post screen, see a brief "MBR error 3" message. This doesn't prevent Vista from booting, but may be affecting some prgms like Norton Ghost (not positive). I've done a little research - supposedly some utilities that will fix MBR, boot sector, etc. (one example http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?content=3.4_BOOTSECTOR_REPAIR_1&front_id=12&lang=en&locale=en). Know nothing about them - if likely to create worse problem than trying to fix. Maybe there are better, well known tools to do this (besides having Vista install CD)? I'm sure I could d/l a torrent copy of Vista, but I've got more than a couple of reservations on what (bad) it might actually contain. Since I'd only be using it to repair, not install Vista, I wouldn't feel like I was pirating it. Doesn't mean it's safe to do. Thanks.