(P.S. Thank you all for your help on my young friend's Averatec Laptop with multiple XP problems. Right now, he's backing up all his data files to CD, or maybe to free online Google storage, and then we're going to do a System Restore to the factory checkpoint. ) But now I have another question. My own XP computer is downloading something but it's unusually secretive about it. In the past when there was a yellow shield with what looks like an exclaimation point ! in the middle of it, it meant they wanted to send MS updates, and I could right click on the icon, then fill in the radio button Custom, and then look at all the updates they list, and pick and choose, but I would just say Yes to all of them, and it would dl the updates. Even while it was doing that, I could click on the icon and get a screen with messages of how many things completed and a progress bar. This time, neither left or right clicking on the icon brings up anything. When I first put the cursor over the icon, it says "Downloading updates; nn%" and it moves very slowly, taking an hour to go from 10 to 12 percent, and gradually increasing, spanning windows sessions where I exit windows and then restart it, more than once. What's it doing? Why does it take far longer than other updates? Is Is it replacing XP with Linux? Should I try to stop it? Why won't it let me look at it at the start or now? Thanks.