i asked this question in a previous post and did not get a reply. i would like to give it another shot. in a previous post i stated that i tried to create an image for installation on a new system. i used sysprep as per instructions on acronis site and microsoft article. when i rebooted the source system a setup menu appeared which i wasnt expecting. i feared i would loose my setup so i did a repair install of xp pro. big hassle but im back to normal. my question is has anybody done this before and can you tell me what steps the windows setup took you through when you booted your source system ? i have read every post on this forum regarding sysprep and none are specific enough for me. i use a pc with xp pro.