You are wrong Andrea. An image backup can be easily restored to a blank hard drive. That is how I moved my Win 7 install to a larger drive, a brand new blank drive. It took some planning and forethought but in the end it was a snap and took a fraction of the time to do a reinstall. Just because something is beyond your limited abilities doesn't mean none of the rest of can't or shouldn't attempt it. Actually, lets see, according to you here and in other threads I should not use linux or partition my drive and I should uninstall IE and other core Windows components and remove my anti virus software. No offense, thanks, but I think I'll ignore all you recommendations and advice.