I don't know if this problem is spreading or I'm just finding out how far it goes. It seems that any software I have on my system that was installed after a certain date or hasn't been used for more than a month is locked out of all my accounts on my computer. All the accounts show they have Admin privilages, but the applications tell me I'm not running with admin privilages, and refuse to start. I tried creating new user accounts with admin privilages, but that doesn't work. I have tried to figure out Compaq quick restore, but can't find it since the icons are missing, and I only have the pre-packed "restore" CDs that won't autorun. I also don't have the ability to backup the contents of my hard drive because I don't have any storage media outside of 3.5 floppies so formatting is out of the question too. What's stupid is that my "essential programs" of Office, and my internet software work fine. Even my spyware software works too. It seems to only be games that are doing this I have a suspision something got damaged in the registry or the windows system when I removed AOHell and it's embedded McAffee protection. Any ideas out there on where to look or what to try that doesn't format C?