I have not looked much into virtualisation other than for security reasons. I am familiar with Sandboxie and Returnil, read many threads about Shadowdefender, so understand the basic principle in running some dubious programs or surfing to less than reputable website in a virtual environment. It seems to me that most if not all of the threads here deal with this feature. Is anyone here using VMware or similar programs for backup/migration purposes? Having talked to a friend, he seemed to say that you can run your whole system in a virtual mode and then safe this as folders. When you have to migrate to a different host (new os, different hardware) you just tranfer these folders, start a virtual machine and are back in business. This seems to me a very easy way to deal with migration issues. What are the disadvantages to using images (requiring Hardware Independant Restore functions ) ?