Okay...after talking with 12 different technicians and undergoing 8 system recoveries it looks like the only way I can install SP2 (Service Pack 2) without the PC failing is to create a new PC... So, the question is, how do I get Visual C++ 2005 onto Windows XP SP1? Is there a way I can hack into the installation file? Is there a version for SP1 on some secret "Obi Wan Kenobi hermit" website? Yoda I must know this How do I defeat the lack of backwards compatibility provided by the Dark Forces of Microsoft?