Okay, so my machine is a peice of junk, but I dont know if I'm keen or just stupid. I picked this up looking through Event Viewer and I realized an absolutely undeniable cause of my BSODs: a Windows Product Activation error. Looking under Application I see that: --- Event Type: Error Event Source: Windows Product Activation Event Category: None Event ID: 1000 Date: 2/27/2005 Time: 1:47:32 AM Description: An error occurred while the wizard was checking the current Windows product license. Error Code: 4 0x80004005 --- Followed DIRECTLY(and I mean directly, the next second) in System: --- Event Type: Information Event Source: Save Dump Event Category: None Event ID: 1001 Date: 2/27/2005 Time: 1:47:32 AM Description: The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x100000ea (0x85da1da8, 0x864cf510, 0x867491b8, 0x00000001). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini022705-07.dmp. --- am I uber-observant, or uber-retarded because it follows that a Event ID 1000 is followed by a 1001, bsod. *sigh* if i am keen though, what did i catch and what does it mean, what do i do to fix it? help! thanks!