Hi I used msconfig to only disable those things which were'nt necessary: quicktime player, skype etc. When I rebooted I think I must have done something wrong. Msconfig opened up again and perhaps I made the wrong selection. Now I have lost the local area connection thing in the bottom right. Sorry to be so untechnical. Some other minor (I think) easily rectifiable things have happened. But I need the internet to solve most of them . I've tried to use the network setup wizard to set up a connection again but it says I son't have the necessary hardware. That said it wasnt me who connected that PC to the 'network'. I've just discovered system restore so hopefully in the future I'll be able quickly solve such problems. Although there is probably something I don't know about that. And by the way I did try reverting msconfig back to 'normal' but with no resolution. Skype and quicktime come back, but the things I need (and did not disable in the first place!) do not. What could I do? Thanks.