Last night I was trying to resize my partitions on my laptop to allow more room for my /home partition. Whatever I did didn't work and when I rebooted the grub didn't work. Left me with a computer that wouldn't boot in windows or Linux. The only thing I had left to do was grab my original Linux cd disc and boot in the live cd. I was worried I'd lost all my data including all the stuff I had downloaded. This is where nightmares and flashbacks from being a windows user for so long came in. Nothing could have been smother than the reinstall. It took less than an hour, maybe even less than a half hour to complete the reinstall and have me back up and running. Actually, when windows crashed on me it took hours to reinstall, not only that, but the reinstall discs are loaded with bloat ware that I have to clean out before I can install what I want. This machine will not be getting an upgrade to Vista. If windows dies ever again, I'll not be putting it back on my laptop. Something I found interesting about Linux, was I didn't loose anything, all my files are still there. One other thing, Linux now works better than it did before the reinstall. It boots faster, the grub had to be redone and Linux performed the action for me. I watched the boot up and didn't notice any failed items as before. Whatever I had done wrong the first time got corrected with a fresh install of the /root partition. After only a few weeks now of using Linux, (PCLinuxOS) I no longer get homesick for my old windows programs. Occasional I'll have to switch back to windows for something, but I am learning ways to get around it in Linux when I can. Thanks Melbo, for starting this sub-forum and anyone else that had a hand in giving it space. I tried a couple of the Linux forums, but didn't stick around for very long. I never did get that 500 GB HDD to work in Linux, so I moved it to my wife's desktop as kind of a backup location for it. None of the help from the Linux forums gave me any answers to why, how, or what for to get it working. That brings me to the question, "Has anyone installed a Linux distro on a Vista machine?" The reason I ask is, there is a computer store that sells everything I'd need to build a new computer. They also have returns and display models they sell at reduced prices, cheaper than what I could build one for. Problem is, they have Vista installed. I wondered if I could double boot with it or probably my first act would be to stick in a Linux live cd and format the drive giving it all into a Linux machine. Is there hardware issues I'd need to know about?