Hello All -
Well, I have had a time of it with my computer - one day working fine, the next totally malfunctioning. To cut a long story short, my computer wouldn't work no matter how hard I tried to fix it, so had to buy a new cpu. And unfortunately, the new cpu has Windows Vista on it (it actually isn't all that bad, but some of my software was not compatible with it). Because of Vista I had to buy a new printer with software that was compatible. On the bright side though is that my genealogy software programs worked fine and no trouble installing.
One of the main and biggest things to worry about when this sort of thing happens is to have your info saved and BACKED UP. I don't know how to stress this enough. It isn't really enough to have your family history info saved on your computer. Invest in a backup system such as a removeable stick that fits into your USB port. They are really getting cheaper now adays. You can buy a 2 mb one for less than £15.00. Also, you can back up your info on a cd disk.
I was a bit fortunate that we have an older computer as a back up just in case we need it - we were able to get back our information off of our old hard drive by extracting it and putting it onto a USB stick and put the info onto the new cpu. I don't really recommend this way of doing things. I was a bit lazy in backing things up regularly. It is a valuable lesson learned the hard way.
In a nut shell - everyone make sure to back up, back up, back up..... Computers are a mechanical object and can break down on you at anytime when you don't expect it (can be through a virus attack or mechanical malfunction, etc.).