Windows XP is supposed to be the easiest operating system to install, ever. It might even be that.... or at least it may look that way from the overview a typical user would see. This all falls apart when something breaks though.
In my case, Windows decided after I reformatted one of my drives (not the one with Windows installed on it) that it wanted to change all of the drive letters around. What used to be the F: drive became the C: drive and therefore, everything stopped working. Now I can't login and play any of the games I have installed, or the new ones I received for my birthday. Of course, trying to switch them back is not nearly as easy as getting them messed up was. Of course, this wouldn't be so bad if Mr. Bill Gates and his proprietary gang would open up their specifications so that tools that work could be used to fix the problem (i.e Linux).
So after spending hours trying to get Windows back up after following not-so-helpful Microsoft tips, trying bootdisks (which can only read NTFS, not write to it) and then even swapping hard drives between computers, it was all a waste. As a last resort, I did a "repair" using my roommate's CD, and then when I went to login after that... I needed to activate it. Microsoft stupidity strikes again... It's not like I want to use it to do real work, I just want to play my games. Why must it be so hard for me to load up my glorified XBOX???
Sorry Microsoft... I really think your operating system sucks... and will continue to suck. Maybe if your engineers used a little bit of common sense when they put the thing together, it would work a lot better. That massive Registry just has to go though... maybe a file setup like Linux/Unix with a directory named /etc would work better. That solution wouldn't require a proprietary program to make modifications to the core operating system variables.
No Windows for me now... guess I'll just have to wait until Monday.
(This came from PrezKennedy.org