abridged version with dumbass coworker this morning: him: "will reinstalling win98 format my drive?" me: "i don't think so. anyways, if it would, it will prompt you first." him: "so i won't lose any data?" (insert about another ten lines of him constantly asking me about his precious data) me: "no, why are you reinstalling win98 anyways?" (he goes into a story where a customer sent him a registry file [.reg] and he imported it by accident, now his windows box is totally jacked up - i saw it boot up.. completely screwed.) me: "why would importing a reg key jack up your windows?" him: "it was a file of his entire registry." me: "why would you import that?" him: "i did it by accident" me: "doesn't it prompt you first?" him: "i must have pressed enter too many times." (i am totally baffled by his stupidity at this point.) me: "why did the customer send you his registry?" him: "he said windriver (blah blah, something to do with our product) wasn't installed, i told him i would look at his registry." me: (at this point i am and don't want to deal with it) "ok... i guess" so he just tried to reinstall windows but didn't delete his original windows directory... so all the old fucked up registry stuff is still there and the reinstall didn't work now he's trying to swap hardware in and out in order to get his video/ethernet cards recognized.