i hope one of you out there who is well versed with win 7 and acronis can help me out here. i will try to be as detailed as possible with what i want to do. i want to do a fresh install of windows 7, but want to be able to put my system back exactly as it is now. using acronis in the past, i have been able to make an image of my current opsys, and restore it to my new computer perfectly. i mean i didn't have to reload anything. no programs, no alignments, no reconfiguring anything. when acronis finished, it restarted and everything was already exactly as it was before; all programs worked and performed as they did previously. so the difference now is that i want to get rid of the release candidate version (win 7 ult x64) i was using, and load the retail version of win 7 ult x64. so i don't want to backup or include any of the current windows files that will be loaded in the fresh load anyway, but want all the programs and configurations i have now, to be restored exactly as they are now, without taking two weeks to do it. so i am not really sure which files i need to include in the backup image, to make sure that i have the correct files to make sure all programs will run correctly, and which ones to leave out so i don't keep any of the rc's files. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.