In order to give myself the confidence that "it works" (and to provide me with experience in case I ever need to restore) I thought it would be a good idea for me to attempt a full system restore even though there are no problems requiring a restoration. I have Acronis True Image 11 loaded on a 6 months old Dell Vostro laptop funning XP Pro, I took the precautions first, though, of creating a bootable cd and verifying the backup. Having pressed "proceed" for restore to start, after a while I got the message that I needed to reboot so I ticked the reboot box. About 10 minutes passed and all I had was a blank screen. So I thought I'd boot from my newly created bootable disc. That didn't work so I altered the bios so that the pc might boot up from the CD first. This worked and I got the nice blue Acronis screen with two options- "Continue to boot windows"" and "Acronis True Image Home - Includes drivers for USB/PCCard/SCSI hard disks" The first time I chose the windows image and it just booted up normally. The second time I chose the second option and I got a different nice blue Acronis screen and there was a lot of noise of activity from the cd drive. After about a minute I got the blank screen again so I removed the disk and booted up normally (a) to see if I had anything at all on by "C" drive and (b) if I had, to see if there was anything new in the Acronis log to confirm that it had restored. It booted up normally and all my stuff was there on the "c" drive as before. I ran Acronis and had a look at the log. Again, nothing has been added to the log so I guess it hasn't touched my "C" drive. The last entry in the log is- "Reboot is required for completing the operation; the operation will be cancelled if you choose not to reboot now. : reboot/cancel: User replied: reBoot" Can anyone see anything I'm doing wrong here. Thanks.