And I can't reinstall without receiving an error that the installation did not complete at 7%. If I use system restore everything works like it supposed to. But no matter which method I use (and I've tried them all) the network becomes unusable and the property box for both the LAN and wireless are hosed. What gives with this? Why does the uninstall not reset the network properly and what can I do to fix this short of reinstalling Windows?

The machine is running Vista SP1 32-bit and is basically useless because the restore although allowing network access, ZoneAlarm is just a blank window when open except for the traffic controls. No MS updates are being installed either, downloaded but the install fails.

I dream in Linux but have to live in a Windows world.