apparently running a defragand reducing old restore points brought on the BSOD. Nothing short of reloading XP got past the BSOD. Unfortunately many, many files are scrambled, lost. Downloaded a recover tool (Handy recovery) anyone have something else they recommend? Really aren't sure what's lost, about 2/3 of programs in startup are gone, trying to determine whether it is just shortcuts, or actual applications missing. Anyway get this annoying message on SP start that the "paging" file is too small with instructions to configure. I've gone in through system/performance/advanced etc, etc and it's always a 0 byte file. I've set to custom settings, I've set to system configure and it never seems to set up a paging file. system is running slowly and am wondering whether its (1) messed up registry and application fragments (2) HD is still flaky or (3) excessive paging and thus would like to slowly eliminate these issues. Anyone with advice on getting the paging file to "stay" configured??