I'm up and running again - yay! Luckily everything went smoothly so it didn't take as long has Dad feared it would. I still have some programs to install (like Dreamweaver) and settings to tweak but I have my computer back. So far so good on fixing the problems I'm been having lately. XP will take a bit of getting used to but so far it's not too bad. I've been working with XP on Dad's machine for months so it's not a totally new thing.
Some very good news is that I can now unload pics from the digital camera from my own computer, instead of having to use Dad's all the time. Very, very cool! Now I just need to get some sewing done so I can take progress pics and enjoy this luxury. *hee hee*