This to me is just normal Windows activity and I didn't think it was even remotely odd until I mentioned it in passing to my mother who seemed quite surprised and upset that a new computer could be that unstable. At first I blamed it on my tendency to ignore warnings like "we strongly recommend that you close all other programs while running this install" and my willingness to multitask a computer to its limits. Now though, I'm beginning to wonder, is this normal for a Windows XP Media Edition machine? How often do my fellow Slashdot readers Windows machines crash? What is "normal" and "tolerated" and what is extreme when it comes to Microsoft?