Hi All, Since I am a new trader and not much to offer in that realm, I thought I would offer some expert advice on something I do know. After 9 years at MSFT as software tester lead and manger here is what I do. Of course this just my opinion 1) Every 6-9 months completely reformat your disk and rebuild your machine's OS amd apps from scratch. 2) Try not to install any application that is not clearly professionly created by a major company. 3) Use Windows Update. 4) Run MSConfig and remove all unnecessary startup items. Here are the reasons. When application are developed and tested, SETUP is one of the lowest priority. Uninstall is even worse. It is very common for a lacky app to install and then uninstall improperly. I could go on about MTTF (mean time to failure) butsuffice it to say your machines are mission critical so some maintenace is important. Just some annecdotal data. On my new Dell 8300 out of the box, boot time was 48 seconds and HD usage at 13 GB after removing everthing except Windows and Office. After reinstalling OS from the disk and installing Office: Boot time 26 seconds and 2.3 GB usage. Hope this helps. Escape the bloat ware! Cheers, Luto BTW: I don't use any virus software and have never had one. In fact in my time since my IBM AT, I have only seen about a dozen. Becarful of buying into the "fear". You don't go and lick the handles and knobs on a public bus because you know better. Likewise you don't open any .exe, .bat, .src that comes along willy nilly.