OK, some of you may recall my post a couple weeks ago regarding the cooling fans in my laptop. Well, seems that my initial troubleshooting was, ahhh, sub-par at best. Both fans are working; the problem was my CPU load was 100%, with NO windows open, nothing in the taskbar, and no HDD or Internet activity. Therefore, the fans kicked straight up to max speed after about 5 minutes of the computer being on. I couldn't ID the process that was causing it due to the extreme CPU slowdown the heat was causing (good ol' Intel SpeedStep tech...) So I restart a couple times, no change. Took about 2 days to get through a virus scan, clean (I wouldn't leave it running unattended for fear of missing a "your computer is about to melt down" message). Shut down totally for a couple days, boot up and it's back to normal. WTF?! Soooo, I'm thinking it's time for a format and XP re-install. The last time I did this was during the Win3.1/Win95 heydays, so I KNOW I'm way behind the power curve as far as knowledge of the process... On to the questions: 1. Obviously I'll need to back-up My Documents, but are there other folders/files I should copy as well (aside from games and other apps)? 2. I'd like to be able to restore all my settings (fonts, colorscheme, etc.) and keep my IE Favorites; what do I need to copy for that? 3. Is there a way to d/l ALL of the XP patches and fixes from Micro$oft to a CD, so I can update my new XP install WITHOUT going online with a vulnerable O/S? 4. I have the Dell OEM disc with what I assume is XP Home jammed onto it; my documentation doesn't address a format and re-install, so does anyone have experience with doing this to a Dell? 5. Tips, pointers, do's and don'ts?