Hi, My XP Pro machine yesterday crashed. I was able to finally get it booted up, but in the process my profiles are all acting like a clean install. I didn't format the drive, or use a restore CD of any kind. If I search around, I can find all my files, and backing them up. One problem is with outlook, is there a way to get my mail file that I was using reinstalled? Back in Febuary, I had made a backup .pst file (found this). But I was hoping to find something more recent. Is there anyway, to get the messages and folders ect back from right before the system acted up? I'm just not sure what to look for? Here is what happened yesterday. When I booted the machine yesterday, it would give me the blue screen and a memory dump. Then it would just freeze. So the fix I found was to insert the XP CD, and go to recovery, and then copy and deletesome files. Which fixed it, and let it boot. I thought everything was good, when it booted because my user ID profiles were all listed. But when you click on any of them XP acts likes it's all new. None of my settings are present, programs all act like they were just installed (asking for serial numbers ect), also tries to reinstall hardward too. So searching around my C:, I notice that let's say I had a profile called 'Chris' Well I now have 'chris' plus a whole new profile called 'chris...station 6'. So it acts like it duplicated the profile name but that's it. I want to format this thing, and start over, but would like to get that mail file from outlook. oh, this is nice too. Tried to run windows update, and now it's saying it can't validate my XP GRR.. That's why I want to reformat. something is really messed up here, so time to start over before something happens again. Any ideas? Thanks Chris.