Running Windows XP. Had to reinstall WinMX due to spyware invading my computer and cleared the hard drive back to new. Have the older version with the red back ground (my favorite). I also installed the patch but still cant connect although the light is green and the screen says "Enabling Open Information Sharing". I tried to install the newer version of WinMX and it connected but all files had the boxes and characters but no actual names of the music files and I was not able to download anything (obviously). I also tried to enter the port #'s for both the TCP and the UDP but this didn't help either. I have WinMX as an allowed site for my Windows Firewall although it does still "detect" this. I'm not sure if this is part of the problem?