You are welcome, I do those things all the time just as an precaution. I have seen some really badly stuck coolers. specially older ones with OEM coolers and thick, chewing gum like original pads with older AMD processors, many times I had to be really physical with them, needing a knife to separate them.I did as you told and it worked. Thank you,esspecially for saying about the glued thermal paste. I forgot about that.