.................between saving a restore point and exporting the registry to a safe location? to you clever, knowledgeable chaps probably a stupid question, but I understand less than nothing about computers -I'm just amazed that they work at all, but don't have the faintest idea how they do it. I had the, probably fool, idea, that if everything seemed to be working well, I might export the registry, whatever that involves to a file on another hard drive, is that tantamount to saving a restore point? or is it different in some way? which is best? thanks in advance if you can educate this *****, me.