Thanks for your help. I tried these changes but it didn't work. I uninstalled adaware again and reloaded a new copy but as soon as adaware starts I get the "no disk in drive" window.Windows doesn't actually crash, what happens is while the "no disk in drive" window is dispayed, windows stops responding. To get it working I have to hit Control ALT Delete several times.But this does not bring up task manager .To get task manager up I have to try to close the "no disk in drive" window which may take a dozen or so clicks before task manager opens. From there it will take several attempts to close Adaware. If I try to close the "no disk" window it closes for a split second and reappears. I have installed and unistalled Adaware from 3 different sources including the internet so it's not the program thats corrupt.
Hope you can help. thanks. wasanne