Do not want hijack this thread but just wanted to let you know that the Wireless on this new XP laptop was switching of, because of Power Management in Device Manager under Network devices I disabled it by removing tick in box. And It will now run on just the battery but not reach as fare as the PCMCIA 3Com card so I may still use that when I go away
Thank you all and your welcome skidzy. I tried re-installing windows from the disc but it offered no options but install. I did this and it installed windows but wiped everything else. So I installed a ghost backup I made earlier so all is ok EXCEPT sys restore still does not work. I will try the other options suggested on the Eversham machine which did come preinstalled with Vista. Thanks a lot.