Or, more simply titled, wha the f... I have a small, three PC network - this one, running XP forming the hub, the other two both running Windows ME - silly of me I know, but it works. Anyway, the secondary unit in the network, what I imaginatively called The Other Computer, is a 2gb machine I generally use for heavy processing - it's mostly set aside for 2D and 3D rendering work. Being as how this, the XP system, copes pretty well with all the day today stuff, including stuff like piddling around here, The Other Computer (ME) isn't running all the time, and when it is the network connections only on long enough to transfer data from this machine to it. The whole systems clean, all machines work perfectly fine except one tiny oddity which I confess has gotten me puzzled, mainly because I've never in my life heard of it happening and its this - A good 70% of all the third party software I've installed on this Other Computer (ME), even though it all remains installed, no longer seems to possess the requisite programmes .exe file. They are just no longer anywhere on the computer. The OS is fine, in tact, this isn't a problem that's affected anything Windows whatsoever, just third party software - programme folders are there, drivers, work done, everything except the programmes .exe System Restore seems to think no changes have happened to the system at all since it was initialised 18 months back - so, something is definitely up with that, but basically has anyone ever encountered this phenomena associated with Windows ME before? I've searched MS's database extensively to no avail, the problem hasn't manifested itself on the Other Other Computer which also runs on ME - and its just a tiny bit sureal... Anyone have any idea what's going on?