All, This is what has happened to me. I have 50 notebooks all the same hardware. May 20, 2007 I created and image with all current Windows and Software updates. I can deploy this image over and over and I have no problems. School is getting ready to start so I updated the image with the following updates: FireFox 184.108.40.206, Quicktime 7.2, Java 6 update 2, Adobe Reader 8.1 and all Windows Updates I have a list of them there are baout 9 or so). After installing these updates I create a new image and try to deploy it. No matter what I do after deploying the new image it comes up to the screen saying the Acronis Snap Deploy is changing SIDs and setting network optiosn and so on - only it never finishes and never reboots. After a while I a red X appears on the box and I can close it and log in to the machine. The machine has not finished the "patching" process at this point so I reboot it and the same thing happens over and over. I checked the Event Logs and see that the Patcher Service failed to start. Thsi is the service that does all of the post image processing like changing SIDs and what not. So - with all of this - here are my results and testing strategy. 1. I can deploy and old image 10 times no problems. 2. TESTING IN PROCESS - I am creating a new image from the old to test that there is nothing wrong with the image creation process. No updates are being installed on this image. 3. I am creating a new image from the old. I am installing only program updates - no Windows Udpates. My guess is one of the following will happen: 1. If Test 2 above fails then I know I have a problem in the imaging/deploy process - harware most likely. If Test 2 above passes - then I need to look at Test 3. 2. If Test 3 Fails then as I suspect, there is a Windows Udpate that came out in the last 3 months that conflicts with the Snap Deploy Patcher Service. I have a list of the Windows Update it could be and will post them here if/when that time comes I hope this gives you all some insight - but I think it is a Windows Update/Snap Deploy conflict. I will psot back with my result shere in about 1-2 hours. Please feel free to share your thoughts.