Ref mine of 7.4.04, thanks to AndySD, who responded instantly to my plea, but there is no reference to this in config/Winini. I am not eating my heart out on this query, but am patiently waiting for the light to dawn! (Or PC Advisor to print something in it's Helpline - but I'm not holding my breath). Is longpathname.exe a throwback to W9x? I only acquired this problem after I ran a couple of old CDRoms from way back, which I had not been able to run on W98. The startup queries are quickly disposed of, with no apparent interference to the operation of XP, but I don't like unsolved mysteries. Where are you, Mr Holmes??