Hi. I have recently installed my own copy of Windows XP. I: installed my malware protections, then did the updates.................and more...........and more updates, etc, I installed my programs, I set-up some or most of my programs preferences and settings the way I wanted them, I made a recovery point, disk defragmented and error checked my systems. This was on my desktop and laptop (I just used the boot-disk I made with Vista for laptop). I respect the techs and everyone who deals with this kind of thing. I understand why they want $80-$160+ for these kinds of installations. I saved some money and since I am poor right now I had to do these installs. I also wanted to try to install myself to see what's going on/to learn. This took me 2 days. I never want to do this again unless I have to. I want to minimize this situation from happening again. I think a disk image can help me. Or is at least another step. So: Does anyone recommend any disk imagins software? I have found Norton Ghost 15 and Acronis True Image Home 2010. How accurate are these programs? How reliable? I have gotten varing responsed from techs, sales people and hardcore or experienced computer users. They all recommended one or the other. Some said Norton 8-13 sucked and 14 is where it's at. Others said Acronis fails every 3rd image, go with Norton. My understanding is that these programs copy EXACTLY everything on your hard-drive(s) and exports it to dvd, usb external drives, another hard-drive or ESATA external drives. So, you eventually use it like a boot-disk and a replica is installed on your system. They can do a whole image or image piece by piece once the base image is copied/created. Do I need to know anything else imaging software does or wants me to do? Do these programs eat cookies? I have a couple in my cupboard and may eat some later. If I change hard-ware, or add any or try to use my image on a different computer I may buy: Will the image load? Is it propriatairy to what is sees and images in the first place? Eg: If I add things that are not affecting the original hard-drive (like add another hard-drive or a blue-ray or dvd-rom player) before an image boot: Would the image not take hold since the system looks different? What about a processor or motherboard change? A different hard-drive? Here goes........ Thank you in advance.