I've tried everything I know, I eventually admitted defeat and went to my local shop, between us it still took 2 hours to sort out, I'm back running now though, so thanks to all who assisted. Just installing the software now and trying to get my e-mail working again. Have just e-mailed Microsoft to get another link to down load the Ultimate again as it won't let me, but thats another story.
You give in to easily,I think you will find that you cannot download Microsoft's operating systems, well not legally anyway. If you then, once you have got everything installed and everything running as you like it,clone your hard drive on to another. If it all goes wrong again it will be a simple process to repair. You would need to keep your personal stuff up to date.
All the software I have is kosher, I bought the "Ultimate" package some time ago from Digital River but as a down load not on disk. I'm going t get my some a small portable hard drive for his birthday next month, then he can look after his machine on his own, unless he needs input from me.
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