I hope someone can help; A friend of mine last week visited a hotel and used their WiFi, not long after logging on the laptop began to miss-behave, so he rebooted it and then the machine froze just after the POST. After 6 hours ish of spinrite scanning the HD was given a clean bill of health and so we turned to trying to boot it from a standard Windows XP Pro CD, the machine again freezes just after the 'Setup is scanning etc..' message. Weird.. We tried a 'live' Linux CD which booted with no problems at all and allowed us access to the HD, everything apears to be there - except the \WINDOWS directory. We found a util called ntfsundelete to run under Linux, which did indeed find a few (5 files) that where delete on th date when the Laptop stopped working. However no windows directory. Can someone suggest a method of recovering the \WINDOWS directory ? Its all a bit coincidental that it happend a short while after connecting to the WiFi in the hotel, He's now discovered the value of backups - updates - firewalls etc, no point dwelling on this..