I have Windows XP Home installed on an AMD Athlon 2200+ clone. I did not upgrade from previous version of Windows. I used this freeware app called WCPUID v3.1a. Next thing I know, WCPUID is opening up no matter what shorcut or application I click on. WCPUID was opening up instead of the intended app. I deleted the WCPUID folder (since there was not any Installer related installation at all) and then when ever I click on a application to open it, an error message comes up saying: ------- path\*.exe The specified path does not exist. Check the path, and then try again. ------- The "path\*.exe" is a variable for the application that I'm trying to open (i.e. - for Windows Explorer it would be "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe"). I just booted up to the WinXP Home CD and did a repair installation and then downloaded all the critical updates and latest drivers from windowsupdate.microsoft.com. The problem is still there. The only way I got IE to open was to right click on the recycle bin icon on my desktop and then select Open. I then clicked on the "up one level" button and then I could browse my desktop contents from there. The IE shortcut there works for some reason. If I browse to the IE .exe in Program Files and try to open IE using that, then I get the same error message. Please help!