my xp pro sp3 installation has developed some bad behaviour lately. it's an old install, maybe 4 years. but well maintained, all updates, anti-malware, firewall etc. but these days it will not see my digital camera will not install any new hardware (printers, mice) will not uninstall some software restarts during reboot otherwise, it runs sweetly and fast! i know what you are thinking...clean install this is something i generally avoid because: my settings / installed software are highly customised i like to find the reasons why things go wrong so, what about re-installing sp3, is there a chance that could fix my problems (some of them at least) ?