After evaluating Windows 7 (used XP for years), found it much faster than XP so I made the switch. Still use the Comodo firewall as it has worked well too. Tried to setup xananews (my preferred newsreader) for nntp to the forums and nothing. Tried using Thunderbird as well and can't get the newsgroup list. Turned off the firewall - still nothing. Put the old disk (XP) back in - works fine. Suggestion (and no, fdisk is not an option).