.....and the feeling is mutual. At random intervals (first time was about 4 months?) my computer would crash and won't restart. I tried safe mode, last know good registry etc but it always come back with a registry error. I've reinstalled Windows many times after that and now have a collection of about 7 Windows.old folders which are just taking up memory. What is the problem and how do I fix it? Problem 1 : IE7 (most often the culprit) would freeze, I reset, then blue screen - registry error blah. Problem 2 : What the %$^% is a "crash dump"? I don't like the sound of that. I am (very slowly) trying to finish my graduate degree and the computer crashing every 3 days isn't really conducive to my productivity! Thanks guys.