Some dumbass (that would be me) managed to corrupt his registry as a result of several missteps in series... with no backup registry on hand to import. (You'd think I'd learned by now.) Files are mysteriously reverting to previously saved states, and (less harmful but just as irritating) I can't seem to keep sort orders straight in any of my Open dialogs. Or Windows Explorer, for that matter. If one of you can tell me where to go in the fscking registry to fix things, or (worst case) give me an FTP location for a vanilla 98SE registry, it'd mean a lot. Perhaps even several hours of for-free work, if that's worth anything. (Before you ask - everybody I know is running either 2K or ME, and I refuse to upgrade to either, for reasons too complicated to explain in brief. Nor do I have an OS CD, which itself is a neat story. Yes, the state of my OS license is murky, for which I can thank the person from whom I obtained this system in lieu of unpaid invoices.) If you're in a position to go to bat for me, you might pass the word via carbon copy; my sub to thechat is on digest. TIA -- Ben Henick Web Author At-Large Managing Editor http://www.io.com/persist1/ http://www.digital-web.com/ persist1 at io.com bmh at digital-web.com -- "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?" "I think so, Brain, but... (snort) no, no, it's too stupid." "We will disguise ourselves as a cow." "Oh!" (giggles) "That was it exactly!"