It's taken all week to get this computer back together. Ken ran the recovery CD which essentially wiped out everything on the hard drive and reinstalled Windows. Then of course, Windows had to update itself umpteen times -- and one nice result is the installation of IE7. I like the tabbed browsing feature best of all!
Then Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday were spent getting all the programs re-installed --the ones I care about, that is. I also was praying that all the data backed up on my Seagate external drive would work -- and it all did. Hooray!
Of course, help from the kitten-cats was expected, and they didn't let me down!
I'm sure happy to have everything back ... and cannot thank Ken enough for his patience and know-how.