Ok, the short story. My system wouldn't start up even into safe command prompt. So, I put in the XP disk and Repaired the installation. After that it boots up fine, comes up to the login screen, even loads my custom desktop picture. I log in (it even logs into my domain) and it says, Windows needs to Activate in order to run. That didn't surprise me. I click yes. Nothing ever happens (well not for 30 minutes). My screen is blank except for my desktop background and mouse pointer. No CTRL ALT DEL, no ALT Tab, nothing. The only things that tell me the pc is still running is my mouse will pop into a circle if I hit the left cntrl key (it does that) and if I hit shift 5 times the disability help functions come up.