As there are so many IT bods/techies here on DF, I am putting this problem I am experiencing here. Has anyone encountered it? How did you resolve it, other than throwing out the computer and getting an new one? Am getting the following message: I am on Windows XP and the computer apparently has an integrated sound card with the motherboard. Thursday afternoon, as I was shutting down the computer, there were some Microsoft automatic updates. Friday morning, I got automatic message from the computer's manufacturer saying there was an update for the software on the computer. I accepted the update. Since then, I have been having the following problems: The computer is not recognising/holding the audio selection. When I initially log in, it is recognised, but a few seconds letter, the option greys out and there is a 'No devise selected' message. iTunes message saying: Outlook - my signature when creating new emails is deselected. I have to go in and reselect it to automatically be added. Windows Media Player - no sound (from a couple of online videos I checked/tested with) Internet Explorer 7 - when it first launches, the tabs option is not available. I have to open another IE window, for the tabs to be there Skype - been getting an error message when I previously didn't have one - "This computer has not sound recording capabilities for Skype" Scanner/Printer machine - I can generate electronic Adobe pdfs but the computer does not seem to be recognising the scanner. [Seems all the other functions work fine]. If I restart the computer, I can do one scan, but if I try to do a second one, I get an error message. The above are only what I have discovered so far. There may be other things... Friday evening (!!!) I spent roughly 5 hours with the computer manufacturer's technical support. We a system restore (ie pre updates) via "msconfig", downloaded the driver for the manufacturer's audio several times but the problems persist. The computer has automatic anti-virus software updates, had a virus scan on Friday evening and came up virus free. Did a test (F12) on the external audio speakers, and they seem to be fine. For the life of me, I can't remember what the manufacturer's Friday update was - I think it was to do with the Video hardware but wouldn't bet on it. I assumed that when we took the computer settings back a couple of days, all updates would have been removed. Not being a techie, I am also puzzled that the audio setting is held just for a few seconds and then drops/loses it.