I'm in the process of doing TI image BU's (and testing them) from a new reinstall of xp on a couple of new HDs. 1) install xp with the updates...2) clone that to another HD. (test) (back that up with a TI tested and reinstalled image. which I've done and the image reinstalls fine. now 3) I'm trying to decide whether to reinstall my "downloaded" core programs from the old computer (completely scanned with AV/antispyware) ...first (an example would be hijackthis which I don't have an original disk for) and then install my AV and firewall as these may change. If you reinstall the programs 1st without AV on board, you're at risk, and if you reinstall the AV 1st before your programs, and then you switch AV, you have to completely scrub it from the OS, which has been a problem for me in the past (same with the software firewalls). any suggestions from experienced TI users as to how to reinstall windows and do step image backups to your system with the least possible problems? also, I'm just starting out with TI, if you keep you images on the same (or secondary HD) in your system at all times, you should make that image in a "secure zone" partition, is this correct?