Thx for the replies. A couple answers/more info in regards to what TRF and jphugan mentioned: - What happened when I tried to boot off my Linux Rescue CDRs (I tried several different ones,both in the builtin CD/DVD drive and also at same time in an external CD/DVD drive) was that they seemed to be ignored in the bootup sequence. System went straight to boot off the hard drive. So I got into the BIOS setting by rebooting and holding down F2, checked the bootup sequence, which was #1 floppy drive (the laptop does not even have one), then CD/DVD (which I assume refers to the internal CD/DVD drive), then hardrive, then USB. I changed that by removing the floppy option, which left #1 as CD/DVD, then moved harddrive to bottom of list, which left USB as #2, and harddrive as last option. Booted up again but with Linux CDR but the PC booted off the hard drive again. At that point I thought to rule out a Linux disc bootup issue I should try booting up off my original XP Install CD, or one of the Dell original bootup CDRs, or even try going into the BIOS again and totally removing the harddrive choice from the sequence altogether. I never got back to that though instead decided to ask for help in general, to see if I was completely wasting my time anyways, also to try a newer version of Macrium & see if that could make a Win bootup rescue disc that included the right drivers etc. - Interesting suggesting about taking the drive out and connecting it via a USB adapter etc to a newer PC. I will consider that as a last resort but am still trying to find a way to do this just using the laptop. Which leads me to ask a few Qs: - Why did my install of v6 executable (which I downloaded from Afterdawn) here: https://www.afterdawn.com/software/security/backup_tools/macrium_reflect_free.cfm/v6_3_1745 when I ran that resulted in it contacting Macrium, the install saying something like "choosing the correct version for your PC" and creating a directory for installing with file called "v7.3.6391_reflect_setup_free_x86.exe" in it, which then did the install as that version? No biggie but just curious. I chose to install v6 after reading some various comments in various forums saying it was the best version for XP for some unknown reason or that it would be compatible with v4 backups which could be wrong of course but still - confused the heck out of me installing a version I wasn't trying to install. - More impt - why did the install for v7 then fail in a step something like trying to download something from Microsoft relating to making bootable rescue discs I believe (WinPe I think), telling me that the install would proceed without that but I could add that later (yet not telling me HOW to get that later - so HOW do I get that now anyways??). - And of course, when running the installed v7 and choosing the task called Create Rescue Media, why does it get stuck on this screen: I click on download, a screen pops up that says "Building Wim, downloading missing components" with a moving status bar, then after a few seconds just goes back to the same screen as above (because it failed I guess - in the same way that the install failed which I THINK was supposed to be getting those same components locally for use later). If I could get around that part, find a way for it to get whatever it is trying to get from Microsoft, I could at least in theory make a bootable Rescue DVD with the needed Dell drivers etc. When it gives the option of BROWSE for using local disks to find some "zipfile" it is looking for, what is that zipfile? What is in it? Is it something I can make myself from something that is on my hard drive already or on the WinXP install CD?