Hi everyone, Hoping you all can help me- I made a pretty dumb set of mistakes with Vista Ultimate 64. I had been running it since January, I think using SoftMod. But it got disabled when Vista ran this latest update- clicked on the pop-up when I was in the middle of some work and told it to fix the problem without looking at what problem it was fixing. Upon my next boot, I got locked out of Vista, saying that my version is not valid. I can use a web browser (to purchase a real version of Vista), but that's it. I don't want to do a fresh install, but at the same time, I can't access Vista to run any potential workarounds. Am I just screwed, or is there a workaround that doesn't require me to be in Vista to install? I haven't backed up my data in a while and don't want to risk losing anything... I was thinking my first move should be to install Windows 7 (or xp) on a new HD to at least retrieve all my data. Then if I have to do a clean install, I can do so worry-free. Thanks for your help, and sorry for being a novice with this stuff. I feel astounding pangs of stupidity every time I think of the moment I clicked through- I'm pretty sure that's what did it, though I've yet to read reports of anyone else f'ing up their install this way. Oh, my specs: Asus P5b-E Intel e6400 6 GB RAM 2x250 GB in raid0 Radeon x1950 pro 1 200 GB data drive 1 300 GB data drive And I have a shiny new Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB I'm waiting to install.