Shabbir, thank you for all of your help & patience; I decided to give up trying to take it apart; if it was my own, I wouldn't think twice; but Id hate to put his in a condition that no one would be able to revive. We'll just have to shelf it for now and Ill let him use mine/ w/ of course the promise that he doesnt try to password protect anything...

Thanks again, really , thanks!
lisa marie