Just to experiment, I tried extracting TI8 images from three different XP computers to a totally unrelated test computer. Almost always, windows did not boot. Sometimes if I repaired the existing windows XP with a non-destructive reinstall, it would fix things. But sometimes even then, windows would hang. Even in safe mode. Even after I disabled the first five hanging .sys files, using recovery console. From what I've now read, this is completely normal. Part of the process of "installing windows" means finding the right drivers for your motherboard, for your video, & other devices. And if you extract an image of PC#1 to PC#2, windows will attempt to use all of PC#1's drivers on PC#2, so of course it will hang. So I assume that you guys never expected an image to be used like this -- to deploy a motherboard-specific install of windows to a PC with different motherboard. But... IF you think about it, that could be a useful option -- to be able to copy all data & programs & user settings, from one PC to a new one with DIFFERENT Mobo/hardware... By OMITTING the driver info, or "resetting" it -- or whatever would make it friendly with a DIFFERENT motherboard/device set. I guess this is really a WINDOWS issue, not an acronis or imaging software issue... But does anyone know of a way to tell an installation of windows to "start from scratch" with regard to recognizing hardware, but otherwise retain all the user settings, user data and installed programs? (As I said, doing a non-destructive reinstall of windows (to "repair" the existing installation didn't always do the trick.) thx!