I have a copy of Avanquest's "Perfect Image Backup & Protect suite" s/w and would like to take advantage of some of its capabilities as I have to re-install Windows XP on my laptop. I plan to do the following; 1) Install a new larger hard-disk in the laptop. 2) Install Windows and drivers etc. 3) Burn a copy image of the fresh install on the new disk onto a DVD/CD using the Avanquest software (before all the usual apps etc get loaded). 4) Put the copy away for a rainy day. Couple of questions occur to me (with the caveat that I do intend to use the Avanquest s/w and the image it's made previously!) a) If I subsequently need to re-install XP using my DVD-stored image (and assuming that the laptop is still running), do I simply insert the DVD into the laptop and invoke the "restore image" functionality in the Avanquest s/w? and/or b) If say, the HDD dies and I have to install a new disk, how does the laptp boot up in the first-place to enable me to use the previously made image. Can I boot from the image DVD or do I have to do something else first so that I can then use the DVD image previosuly made? I believe that Avanquest can also make bootable disks and in fact the disk the s/w came on can also act as a bootable disk. Many thanks. Sorry if this is a bit long-winded but it's one of those things you typically don't know how to do until you've done it once or more!