You require Acronis True Image Ver 9.00 Install the above make a bootable Cd as described in Acronis True Image v 9 Make a Secure Zone(details in the software itself) create back ups(details in the software itself) it will ask you the name and folder. don't choose any folder. instead choose the above Secure Zone choose all default settings Now you have securedly locked away all your system in in image file when you cannot boot into the system or when you your PC is infested with viruses which cannot be cleaned, use the Acronis Boot Cd to boot. After booting, the programme will ask you whether to use the full system. Choose full and restore and point to the Secure Zone. It will be just 5-10 minutes depending upon the amount of software intalled by you. I had 6 GB of Software plus Win xp Pro and it restored in 10 minutes.