pls help! i have been searching through postings and found some relevant stuff but need further info so here's the problem: sister's 3 yr old HP Pavilion is just nasty. she has let others use her PC for internet access for a couple of yrs without (get this) any active virus protection, so the thing is mass infected. found out the CD rom was bad, so installed another one and then tried to reinstall win98 from the HP recovery CD and won't work no matter what i try. found a post on 7/15/03 that sez this: " It is common for recovery disks not to operate in drives other than the original hardware. I don't know of a workaround for that. " so am i stuck or what? how can i get win98 reinstalled if i can't use the backup recovery CD that came with the machine? if i reformat the hard drive and don't have a copy of win98 to restore what do i do? my kids and i have 3 other PCs (one win98, 2 winXP) but i don't own just a standalone copy of win98. HP was helping me and then they realized that the PC was no longer under warranty -- they had me change BIOS to boot from the CD drive (that didn't work), they had me change the default CD drive from D to M (that didn't work) and now i read your post that since we changed hardware this may not work. any suggestions would be appreciated...i need to get this monster off my dining room table and back to sis if possible. THANK YOU!!!