I have read the help file from the Acronis web site and the user guides for beginners on this forum. I am wondering if it's possible to use TI on a machine without installing it? The install CD that comes with the boxed version is bootable according to the help file. So could you boot from the install CD and create a back up of your system drive, files or what ever it is you want to back up and put it on a CD/DVD or external HD and than when the time comes to restore it boot from the install CD again and use TI from there to restore the back up? Could you also do this with a rescue CD that was created on one machine that TI is installed on than use that rescue CD on other machines instead of installing the program? The bootable CD's whether it's the install CD or a rescue CD let you run TI from the disk instead of in Windows and make back ups and restore back ups don't they? Am I missing something here?