More and more people are being forced to look into BartPE as an alternative to the Acronis True Image Recovery CD. The Acronis disk is based on the Linux operating system. As new hardware is introduced, there is a serious lag before the appropriate drivers are added to the Recovery CD. BartPE is a Windows based system that uses readily available Windows drivers. In many cases it is much faster than the Acronis Recovery CD because of the USB drivers used. BartPE can be very confusing for the beginner. After you get used to it, you will find it is not that hard to learn and use. I have written the Beginner's Guide to Creating a BartPE CD. This is a very detailed Guide aimed at BartPE beginners. It contains all the details and download links you will need to create a working BartPE CD. It also contains an important section on how to create a Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation disk from an I386 folder. This is very useful if you did not get a full Windows installation disk with your computer. You will need one to build a BartPE CD. Advanced uses will also find a section on how to boot BartPE from a USB flash drive. There is also a special link for Dell users to add missing files to the Dell I386 folder. Please feel free to make comments or suggestions to improve it. The Guide is being offered at $1.99. This fee, along with the additional fees for any plugins downloaded from the following link will be used to update the Guide and contribute towards development of new BartPE plugins as needed. BartPE plugins for all the currently available True Image products and Acronis Disk Director Suite can be downloaded for a small fee from http://www.mechrest.com/plugins/index.html. These fees and any additional donations will also go towards maintaining the current plugins and creating new ones in the future.