Well, this isn't directly related, but my hard drive really took a nose dive.
The disk was unreadable and unwritable in various places.
And when I restarted, the only thing I could get out of it was some message like "missing NTLDR.SYS". The End.
So, here I am with a new installation of Windows. I don't have to tell you it's kind of a setback. But at least I saved off my Rin ga Utau work at the end of the 1st pass. So I only have to repeat a little of it.
I feel that this would be a great time to try out Linux. Since my computer is kind of a clean slate anyway...