hi there thanks for your reply
i upgraded and not clean install
the partition which houses the factory vista OS and software drivers
etc is the only hp representation on my pc.
why would everything just disappear?
the hp software was just very convenient and readily avail.
I have consistently been experiencing problems with windows 7 on this pc to the point where i am trying my utmost to obtain a vista recovery disk set from hp but even that is proving much more difficult than anticipated. http://www.sevenforums.com/images/smilies/cry.gif