I upgraded to Win XP from Win ME and XP managed to fix ALOT of the issues I was having with ME. Unfortunately 2 things happened that I need to fix. Namely the computer doesn't want to read my HP CD-RW 9500i series NOR does it want to read my Pioneer DVD 16x 106s drive. I've tried updating the drivers with what I could find on both those companies sites but nothing is working. Very VERY rarely the computer will boot up and say that its found new hardware and I'll be able to use both devices just fine but once I shutdown I'm screwed again as it will start up and I can't do anything. Both devices worked alright in ME but I really do not want to go back to that crap of an OS. Note that when I startup now I get an alert that CD Recording Software is being disabled because it may disrupt system functioning or some such similar thing. I've tried to locate exactly what is causing the trouble and I'm not seeing ANY devices in device manager that are conflicting or have any issues, there are no programs listed in the add/remove programs list that seem to qualify as CD Recording Software and I've updated to the newest versions of Windows Media Player and Real Player, two programs that the "alert" tells me could be causing problems. Any help? I can provide any other information if needed...just ask. I'd greatly appreciate help.