Before the rant I'd like to preface that I'm generally pleased with the core Acronis Imaging and Disk Director software. That said, I can not recommend the same for the 'Try & Decide' feature within 'Acronis True Image Home 2009' This feature literally corrupted my system to the point where it entered an endless boot cycle. I was able to repair my system, but not by means that an average person would have the know-how to do. First off, I started with a clean install of Windows XP SP3 w/ all current drivers and patches. I then installed Acronis True Image Home 2009, and performed the 'One Click Protection' process to add the 'Acronis Secure Zone' partition to my system's hard drive and performed a Full backup of my C: partition and Master Boot Record. Next I decided to try the Try & Decide feature which sounded like a great utility. I started Try & Decide and then simply surfed the Internet for an hour using FireFox. Everything seemed to work ok, other then the fact it slowed the system down a small amount. I then decided to stop the Try & Decide session and commit the changes. This is where the problems started. Upon stopping Try & Decide the software asked me whether I wanted to Commit or Discard the changes to my system. I chose to Commit the changes. It initially appeared to be working as the progress meter popped up and the progress bar advanced. However before it completed, Try & Decide reverted to it's Start / Stop screen and indicated it was still running. So I tried to Stop it again. Same thing happened. I told it to commit changes and it initially started to commit them showing the progress bar. Then it suddenly reverted to the Start / Stop screen and indicated it was still running. Prior to this I also started receiving Windows I/O errors periodically. The Windows errors was a 'Write Delay Error - data has been lost...' type of message. Obviously NOT GOOD. No matter what I tried within Try & Decide, it would never Stop and successfully Commit the changes, eventually Hanging completely as evidenced by the progress bar not actually progressing even after letting the system sit for hours. So no choice but to shut down the Application and reboot. The True Image main window exited when clicking on the X within the window, however I noticed it's icon in the System Tray indicated it was still running and Try & Decide was ON. I rebooted the pc. Now the system entered an endless boot cycle. It would begin the boot-up sequence, display 'Starting Acronis Loader...', and then reboot again. What I had to do to fix. 1) Booted off Windows XP SP3 cd and enter into Windows Recovery Console by pressing 'R' when prompted. 2) type MAP command in console to get the hard drive path information MAP output: \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1 3) type FIXMBR \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1 4) type FIXBOOT C: 5) exit Windows Recovery Console and reboot At this point the Windows utilities should have removed the Acronis Loader and replaced the boot loader to load Windows correctly. My Windows instance loaded and then defaulted into running CHKDSK due to extensive file system corruption caused by Try & Decide. Once CHKDSK finished and tried to repair as much as possible Windows loaded as normal. As soon as Windows loaded it reported that it had replaced a corrupt Windows Registry with a backup. So now I'm back up and running albeit with unknown amount of file corruption. Luckily I had made a full system backup prior to using Try & Decide. So at this time launched Acronis True Image to perform a full system and mbr restore. This worked flawlessly and ran quite fast, only taking about 8-10 minutes. At this point I was back up and running, however NEVER to try 'Try & Decide' again. I'm amazed this utility is even included with the commercially released distribution. It's utterly a major disappointment and NOT production quality software. Please note, that yes I should have been able to performed a FULL restore of the system backup and MBR in the first place rather then go the route I did through the Windows Recovery Console. I had attempted this first, however a poorly implemented Acronis True Image window within the software made me believe the full backup was missing. The reason I say this is when you choose Restore withing True Image 2009 it presents you with a window with two tabs. If I remember correctly, one tab was to show a listing of backups on a file system where as the other was to show a listing of backups within the Acronis Secure Zone. Neither tab showed me any backup images. You'd think that if True Image is aware of the presence of Acronis Secure Zone on a hard drive it would automatically read and present any known backup images it finds within this tab. It does not. As such, as I was new to Acronis True Image, I assumed the backup within the ASZ was lost along with the other file corruption on the system. It was not until after my whole ordeal that I realized if you click the 'browse' button above the tabs and selected ASZ as the place to look it WOULD find the backup image. By this time I had already gone through the Windows Recovery Console route to repair my pc. You'd think Acronis would automatically search the ASZ partition for backups and present the ones found within the ASZ tab WITHOUT requiring you to manually browse for it. Considering ASZ is proprietary to Acronis True Image you'd think it would be smart enough to recognize it's own hidden partition on the pc and automatically present any backups it sees there. So technically not a flaw, but it is an instance of where the User Interface could be improved upon. Anyway I lucked out here but wanted to post a warning to all others to be aware of the problems I've witnessed. After I noticed this I found a review on PC Mag where the reviewer detailed the same problems I found. Their conclusion was to not recommend the product due to these problems. Noting the PC Mag review has been up for a while, and they queried Acronis about the problems, I'm shocked Acronis has not addressed them or even yanked the utility from the product. I am happy with the actual Acronis Imaging software and Acronis' other Disk Director software. However the Try & Decide utility needs some major help and should be avoided.