As title says if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it - for history see this https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=241763 Well to cut a long story short my work colleague has purchased his new PC so I went over to his place to lend a hand. He had already made a full image of his old PC (4 year old Laptop running Vista) and installed Acronis 2009 on his new HP Desktop PC by the time I had arrived. I brought with me my WinPE disk, fired it up, pointed Acronis to the disk image of his old PC on the external drive, clicked proceed to install onto his new HP and sat back with fingers crossed for the next 50 mins. You could have blown me down with a feather when "restore successfully completed" appeared on screen and I was almost speechless when his PC rebooted and up popped his old Desktop. Apart from a couple of drivers which Vista soon found and installed and a request to re-validate Office 2007 with MS everything worked just fine, every single programme has opened without error. How the hell can that be on totally different hardware? Granted the OS is the same but nothing else is. If this works on other machines then it makes buying a new PC a breeze.