It is often stated in the posts that there is risk as well as possible legal issues involved with some of what is done here. In fact I first became aware of this forum and its work while trying to undo the damage caused by something from this site that went wrong. On the other hand the more I have read the more I found that is legit and/or at least can be put to legit use to make it easier and faster to do my job. I tried to search for the threads I have read and all the tools I have downloaded in the past and was not able to locate them all; therefore I will not mention specific persons and their tools, for fear of leaving someone out, and will say that I wish to acknowledge that a great deal of knowledge is combined with time and efforts to produce useful, even if sometimes dangerous, tools. My main point is to say TO ALL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH! With that said, I have a few requests. The first request is that more of the repair/recovery info and tools be combined into an easier to find and use “sticky” thread so as to make it much less time consuming to find solutions to the problems caused by the few but inevitable disasters that will occur. Some, maybe even much, has already been done along these lines; the problem is in finding it and understanding it. My second request is that you all put your heads together to combine the already existing parts/tools found on this site into a very powerful and simple to use AIO tool (or perhaps two tools, one for Vista, one for Seven). Let me explain: The most common reason for reinstalling the OS is due to malware. In most cases that means everything needed for legit offline activation, as well as correct and complete Branding, of an OEM machine (meaning a machine with a SLIC already in the BIOS) is already present on the HDD. By everything I mean choosing and reinstalling the same flavor and using a COA key that might still be available. Even in the case of a “retail” installation it is possible to perform legit offline activation if all the right steps are followed before and after the OS installation. The problem in my case is remembering and following all the correct steps. Could you all combine all the tools and automate that whole process and make the use of any “loaders” and/or “removers” and/or other such questionable tools a matter of choice, that is, an “opt in” and/or “opt out” rather than done automatically and without a choice? I understand that even though all the various stand-alone tools needed to do the above already exist, it is not a simple matter to combine and automate them to work together. If it were a simple matter, I could and would do it for myself. My third request: Sometimes due to failed HDD (very often the case with laptops) nothing from the HDD is available and as a result it becomes a much simpler process. Perhaps that explains why I have discovered more than one approach to dealing with this situation. In fact I have spent quite a while reading the various approaches and all I got out of it was confused. So my request is that they be combined into a “sticky” thread as well along with some hint being given as to which is fastest and/or simplest and/or best, etc. to use or at least some idea of any “pros” or “cons.” I understand that the main things happening here are illegitimate and therefore you all may not be interested in putting that much effort into the above. If so, I understand. And therefore my last request is that if any of you are aware of any such information and efforts on other forums (msfn, technet, ect.) would you be so kind as to post links to those threads here?