My laptop started to play up some weeks ago and it has gradually deterioated to such a state that I carried out a system Restore. I have now come to carry this out again as the last restore did not put it at a point I required and now System Restore just opens up on a blank page. It is running on Windows XP and Internet Explorer. To indicate how erratic it has become Mcafee is shown in my programes but apart from looking under the control panal (Instal delete it is no where else to be seen and is not running.I have an external hard drive which i fortunateley backed up some days ago but when i connect this Windows shows error and will not let it run. Any sugestions around any quality free software which you have used to repair Windows XP I would be grateful.It will not even allow me to include any smilies on this thread. Or as I have just tried check spelling.