Ok, firstly I dont think that this is a problem with the acronis software really, but as the image was made with acronis, maybe someone here can advise- this is my last step before just doing a clean install. It all started earlier today - I was cutting some videos from a concert dvd I have, using nero recode. For some reason, the preview window in recode doesnt work well with windows server 2003 (what I primarily use), but does in windows 2000 (what I boot into as an auxilliary). So, I went to reboot into windows 2000, which had been working well though I guess I hadnt used it in a few weeks at least- but when I started it, the windows 2000 screen came up, then the user and password box- but once I entered my password, it just booted into darkness, and after awhile, the name and password box reappears, but it just never works. Its not a boot.ini issue, because I looked at it, and it points to the right partition. The only thing I can think of, is the following: my setup used to be like this: c: (boot files)was partition 1 xp, on parttion 2 windows 2000 on partion 3, and windows server 2003, on partition 4 a couple months back, I decided I didnt need xp, because I never use it, I usually just use windows server 2003, and for fun or other issues I use windows 2000- so I deleted xp and gave the space to other partitions. after I did that, windows 2000 quit working, but somehow I got it fixed, and so all was well, or so I thought ;( today, when I found windows 2000 wasnt working, I tried restoring from an acronis image i'd made back in august 2005, its a good image, I know. I installed it into its same parttion, but no dice- I still get the error I described above. I cant help but wonder if it has something to do with my removing the windows xp partition- but should a computer really be so finicky? windows server 2003 still works fine. With one operating system working solid, i'm ok- but not having two different operating systems does tend to make me want to sweat a little- therve been many times I had a little problem with one operating system, and fixed it by booting into another and running a disk check, copying some files over, etc. So, can anyone advise as to what might be wrong? Maybe its something simple im overlooking-or maybe not. If noone can advise, i'll just do a clean install of windows 2000, because in no way am I foolish enough to just have one operating system installed on my machine Come forth, the knowledgeable!