I just finished running a system restore from the original hard drive that came in the computer, and it didn't do beans; in fact it did the system restore to the original drive rather than the main boot drive.
People really like to bag on Windows ME, but when I had a similar problem about ten years ago I was able to run Windows Install and it fixed the OS without wiping out anything. Windows ME simply worked for me.
Not so with Vista. To fix what's wrong, I am going to have to wipe the hard drive and start over anew.
I really don't want to do all that bullshit only to end up with Windows Vista Home Basic again, so I think it's time to find a way to buy Win 7 and some more memory, at least 4 GB worth. That would get me 6 GB on board, and that would do for now.
The only real problem, then, is backing up the C: drive and having the courage to wipe it clean. The best thing to do, actually, would be to buy a new drive and then pop the new OS onto it, and do everything completely from scratch, but the OS is going to run about $100 and the memory will take some money, too, and this comes at a time when I really don't have the cash for either. I will soon enough; just not yet, damn it. Argh etc.
Plus side: I do have the two external drives, the 1 TB WD and the 500 GB Seagate, which ought to help. Worst case, I copy the torrents from El-Hazard to DVDs, and use that drive.
It's still dicks, of course.