here's a dare

running winxp pro -

i've lost the preferences under search (including the darn puppy)
can anyone help retrieve it before i call the spca

i've reinstalled the characters windows/srchasst, countless registry cleaners and read and done just about all tweaks and ressets found on the net, not even experts exchange forum could come up with anything

regional settings - i've got 2 languages installed french and spanish, for some reason i want the main to be english and for the life of me i can't get control panel/regional settings to make the change sticks it keeps going back to the one i don't want

is there a brave amongst you guys to whom i can stand up and salute

and please forget format c:\ (btw this doesn't erase system.1st)