That will bring my help to an end, since I have no experience with XP, preferring 98se for my gaming OS. Yeah, there's that pesky RAM limitation. And the issue with harddrives over 32gig. But those aren't really problems. Having a really screwed up version of DirextX would be a problem. A huge one, for video, sound, modem, mice, joysticks...basically everything for audio/video and gaming. Might be worth a shot to recheck windows update or Microsoft's XP center for a fixed version. If the computer is a named brand, they will generally have fixes on their websites.