...however; it appears I can't. Don't care about the sob story? Please go to the questions in bold at the end - thanks. After my Dell Inspiron 6400 (henceforth known as the 'Pile of crap') finally died of hard drive failure a few months ago after much heartache and so many reinstallations of Windows I've lost count, I finally decided to get myself a Mac. I then had to wait a little longer for the Macbook Pro updates and my 15" MBP, 2.66 i7, 8GB, 500GB 7200rpm, Hi Res Antiglare finally arrived last Friday. I was thrilled; no more Windows BS - yaaay!! The first thing I wanted to do was sync my Sony Ericsson Satio to the Mac and found out I can use iSync and The Missing Sync to look after all my phone data - yaaay!! But it does not work properly without the latest firmware update on my phone - booo!! I then discovered that the SE firmware update software for my phone only works on Windows - booo, hisss!! So, I thought to myself, Mrs Zaqfalcon has her own Pile of crap, I can just use that to install the PC sync and firmware update software I can do the back up and update on that - yaaay!! But; oh oohh Windows XP needs Service Pack 3 for that software and Mrs Zaqfalcon never does updates on anything "because they always go wrong!" "It worked fine on mine" I says "hmm, OK" she says - yaaay!! Aaaaarrrgggghhh Blue Screen of Death Error "An attempt was made to execute non-executable memory". Hours spent recovering back to SP2, tears, shouting, madness - booo, hiisss, baaah, grrrr!! C*cking bloody Windows!! So a new hard drive for the Pile of crap is required (assuming this will raise the dead) just to use my bloody phone - booo!! But what's this I discover today? 'Bootcamp' you say? 'Fusion and Parallels' will wonders never cease! So after much Googling, MRoogling and furrowing of brow I have a couple of questions of you kind and learned people. At the moment I only really need to use Windows for the above phone issue and don't want to spend money on it. I have the Windows SP2 disc which came with the Pile of crap and will try using that in Bootcamp. I will then attempt to update to SP3. I understand that there were previous issues with updating to SP3. Am I correct in understanding that these are now resolved by the latest iteration of Bootcamp? Any hints to make sure this goes smoothly please? If I can't get SP2 / SP3 to work and I have to buy Windows 7, will an OEM version bought from a shop really work (this is what they are telling me if I also buy some hardware like some CDs) or do I need to buy the retail version? As I said I'll just use Bootcamp for now but if I want to use Fusion or Parallels in the future can I just install it on top and use the already installed Windows with them? Or will I have to re-install Windows? Am I right in thinking that accessing data through Mac OS X that has been added using Windows would only be possible if I were using Fusion or Parallels? What about the data that was added with Bootcamp before I added Fusion or Parallels is this only accessible using the virtual Windows or in Mac OS X too? Thanks very much for your help and assistance, I'm completely new to Mac and wasn't very good with Windows as atested by the above, so it is greatly appreciated.