Great advice thanks you everyone!
IÂ´m starting with the User Account idea. Normally easy as I have done this on my own lappy and also on BlondieÂ´s new lappy. On the weirdoÂ´s machine however I accidentally wound up with the following accounts
Myself (with admin privileges & password)
Weirdo (with admin privileges bit NO password)
Guest (with no privileges)
Went nuts trying to get this mess sorted out...but tracked down the solution...also not as easy as ya thought:
RESTART in SAFE MODE (pushing F8 during start-up)
START > RUN and type " control userpasswords2 "
This displays a list of user accounts and their types and if they are password protected.
Click the one you are interested in and change the password or delete the account as required. BINGO...done!
Now, back to business: I have the correct user accounts
WhatÂ´s the next step?
1) download Macrium Reflect FREE as suggested by Draggles and make a back-up on an external HDD
2) Create the recovery discs as suggested by Geno (I think this will include all my XP updates...right?)
3) Partition the C drive (make it about 20GB for necessary programs) so that he can keep his music and videos and data in folders on the new D drive.
Then...I like the idea of the Windows Steady State. Will this allow him to save any data he adds? For example if he acquires some new music...can he save it in his folder, or add photos to his photo folder???
As a final step..the Hardening Software as suggested by Mciahel.
How does this sound?