Hello everyone. Running on AMD 64 Duo Core, nvidia 8600 GT, 4gb ram.. got it through dell with Vista 32 bit installed on it. Just graduated college, I got a copy of Windows 7 32-bit through my university's academic alliance. Burned a bootable disk and here we go: Steps taken to get to where I'm currently at: 1. Backed up all my music, files, etc. 2. Did the upgrade check, had 2 or 3 warnings, but nothing that would've made the install fail. 3. Restared computer, booted from Windows 7 4. Here is where I may have screwed up - went to the partition manager because I wanted to install on a freshly formatted partition. There was a partition there, with either 1gb, or 100mb, that of which has either 700mb or 70mb free. It said (reserved) next to it, with a OEM there as well. I never saw this partition there when I would reformat with Vista, which I did countless times (computer science major : ) ). Anyways, I didn't think the partition was important now that I was going to be changing to 7, and also for the fact it never showed up when I was reformatting in Vista. So, I deleted that partition. Deleted the partition Vista was on. Now I have one partition, at my HD's capacity, 250gb. 5. I install Windows 7 on the new partition. 6. Everything runs awesome, I get to where it is essentially had installed. I enter my name, name for my pc, password, confirm pass, pass hint. Click next. THEN here is where it goes terribly. After going through the time-zone and whatever other pre-first boot set up stuff, it goes to "Preparing your Desktop". It stays here for about a minute, no biggy, then its like my graphics card just took a crap on the screen. This pixilated madness comes onto the screen, but, you can still see through the pixels. The only way I can describe it is that its almost like a layer of misplaced pixels. For example, during my own attempts at resolving all this, when I would get to a point where the mouse is movable, there would be about 4 or 5 other spots on the screen that would move in unison with my mouse. But the other things moving were just a few pixels that were, what looked like to be, a mouse pointer, just not at the right place. Even my DELL startup (where you can select boot menu or setup) has these misplaced pixels, the giant blue DELL logo causes a few other blue spots (clumps of pixels?) on the start up screen. -If I let start up go by itself, it eventually just ends up at a black screen, nothing happens. -I just installed vista back onto that computer and the pixel issue is still there, but I'm on the OS and its working fine... minus the pixels making things hard to read. So basically, I'm either thinking, when I deleted that partition that the Windows 7 partition utility picked up (that Vista didn't) I lost something critical. OR, when Windows 7 tried to prepare the desktop for the first time it blew up my graphics card. Also, the weird thing is, this happened last night, I gave up around 1 a.m. When I started that computer up this morning, no crazy pixels during the start up screen, and it only went nuts when I chose to boot to Windows 7. Anything at all would be huge!! I need to start coding some projects I'm working on and clearly can't get anywhere without my pc running smoothly. Thanks a lot!