A week later and I almost have my computer all restored. One last thing, hopefully. When I restore some programs from time machine back up, they don't work. I get an error message saying "the installation is flawed. Please reinstall" for Dragon Dictate and similar one for Office. Internet explorer (from the backup) can't be retrieved. My documents did restore as did Skype and some other programs. I haven't tried all of them. On a few (Adobe and others) start restoring all applications when I click only on that one and remain perpetually in "stopping" mode when I try to cancel the restore - I have to shut off my computer with the button. Any ideas out there?