Quote: Originally Posted by dazco
and this time i will make an image on my storage drive after i've got it all configured with all the apps installed that i never had any issues with. Thanks.
+1 on the system drive imaging. I can't think of anything that is more 'bacon-saving' than having an image of a fresh, problem free install that can be quickly and easily restored. Once you have it, you can try to get 'Gears' working by the various methods found. What doesn't work can be written over with your image.
That said, I think the XP mode 'quest' can be shelved. Good luck. Let us know how it goes, or if you have further questions.