Uhg, I'm having problems successfully restoring an Acronis image. I have the image both on an external hard drive and on DVDs. Same image, two places just to be safe. I'm using Acronis True Image Home 9 and am wondering if an upgrade or another tool might help me solve this problem. I'm using Windows XP Professional on the afflicted PC. (I'm able to write to this forum with my Ubuntu Linux PC.) I have an older Acronis image that restores fine. We'll call that one #7. It's the latest one, #9, that I'm having problems with. I've installed a ton of stuff in #9, and it would really be a pain to have to revert to #7 AGAIN and then reinstall all that stuff. When I restore #7 via the Acronis rescue CD and its image on the external hard drive, XP boots fine. When I do the same thing with #9, the computer won't boot and instead gives me an error saying that <Windows Root>\System32\hal.dll is missing. I've tried restoring hal.dll both from Image #9 and from #7 to no avail. I don't believe hal.dll is the problem. I think boot.ini is the problem, but am not sure how to fix it. Here's the story: XP was getting buggy, so I restored #7. Then I did a TON of work reinstalling software and getting it set up how I want it. I then created Image #9. This machine is an ex-HP. It had a logical drive D where restore information is kept. However, that information is irrelevant because the hardware is so changed that the HP System Recovery will no longer run. I therefore used Partition Magic to format drive D to an NTFS partition and then merge it into drive C. That's where my problems started. When I rebooted after the partition merge, XP would no longer load. That's when I restored #9 and first got the hal.dll error. I tried another restore, but it didn't work. I then restored a Norton Ghost image from 2005. The computer booted up (but demanded activation). When I restored #7, that one worked fine. I then figured that maybe #9 would restore and work, so I tried that. No dice. I get the hal.dll error again. Restoring hal.dll both from #9 and from #7 did no good. I've googled this. From what I've read, it sounds like the problem is probably with boot.ini. However, I can't find or restore that from my Acronis images. From the info I read, it sounds like some kind of pro edition of Acronis automatically adjust for hal.dll problems since it's designed to also be able to clone Oses and then restore them on a different machine. I'm thinking the partition change must have made Acronis think I'm restoring to different hardware, which I'm not. It's the same hardware with a partition change. Oh, and btw, the Old Norton Ghost image from '05 restored the HP Recovery drive D. I've decided I can live with that. If I had known merging C and D would cause such a hassle, I never would have done it. My questions are as follows: 1.Will the current pro version of Acronis read and restore my Acronis version 9 image that I've made? If so, will it automatically correct the hal.dll or boot.ini problem? 2.If the current pro version won't do that, will the pro version 9 do it? In that case, is it possible to buy the current pro version, but also download and use version 9? 3.Another option: What if I just restore my image #7 and then restore only the Windows registry and program folder installs from image #9? Could that work to get the new applications back and installed. Any guidance on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you.