Was wondering how long ago you installed Windows on your main PC, I'm not talking about some comp you use on and off, or just have on all the time, I mean one that you use as your main comp. Obviously if you use an OS that isn't Windows this doesn't apply to you. I'm not asking this just as another thread to get 48 responses and nothing else, I'm asking because I have a bit of free time now and Windows and/or my ISP doesn't seem to like my dial up modem so I was thinking I could reformat my C drive and start clean with windows again and even attempt SP1 and VPN again. Everything else seems to be working OK on my comp, but I'm sure a clean start couldn't hurt anything... Anyway to answer the question the subject asks - I last installed XP on my main machine in Feb 2002, over 2 years isn't too bad I don't think.