Have you considered prayer beads? I find they help. :-) I also find that DirectX is aptly named. Install an upgrade, and it directly X's out your system. Seriously, though, this is a major hidden advantage of VMware. > Now I almost > always say no to such requests, and I've found that the software works just > fine 90% of the time. If it doesn't, I accept the upgrade and cross my > fingers.