i can't believe this is my first post on this forum..... first off, i am a mac user (tibook400, 10.2) and i read these forums often. i was a switcher before switching was cool. anyway. my brother has a gateway computer running windows 2000 and that thing is completly shot. it will boot up but nothing will run. my intention was to use the install cds to clear the harddrive and reinstall everything. but i cant run the cd! on a mac i could boot off the cd, can i do that on the windows machine? its been awhile since i was in windows world and im lost, especially since i cant run any programs. anyhelp would be great. thanks. just another reason to use macs........ eric.