OK, firstly, here's how I solved my annoying little OS glitches. I re-installed XP and my drivers, put my core programs back in, brought the windows updates up to date, and tweaked it to the way I wanted. I imaged the drive with Acronis TrueImage, and created a boot CD. It now takes me just 15 mins to reinstall an entire XP Pro O/S fully updated. As for booting into DOS with access to all Win XP files, aquire a full retail version of NTFSPRO by Winternals, and create the boot disks. Take one Windows 98 startup disk and boot the machine with it. Take your NTFSPRO boot disks, and run the program. Voila! This will allow you to get rid of any annoying virii that your AV can't delet e(File in use), etc, etc. (NB: this will give you read access to your CD drives also, and access to the win98 setup utilities such as Fdisk. I'm pretty sure that Format will only be able to format a drive in FAT32 though.) Now, here's my only problem. I'm trying to make my desktop pleaing to the eye . As you know, Dragging 'My Computer' to the edge of the desktop and releasing it creates a nice long toolbar on the side of the desktop with all your drives on it. However, it is currently a horrible grey colour on my machine. Is there any way in which I can change the colour to match the taskbar, and lock it so that the icons are unmoveable?