Here's a weird one guys. I have a laptop of a client whose hard drive failed and wouldn't boot. Simple enough fix, replace hdd, back up files, format, reinstall... I was wrong, I did this multiple times with different versions and builds of windows XP. The install goes smoothly, and loads windows fine, but when I go to install anything other than updates and drivers, it fails. I originally thought it was a .net problem but it seems to be fine. I've tried different sp version installs, windows update, drivers, checked log files, everything... I'm stumped and frustrated. Any ideas? Something else I should probably tell you... somethings install fine, but then wont open. for instance: I downloaded and installed firefox fine, but when I open it, its gives me the crash report. Same thing happens with firefox safe mode.