There are two basic ways of running a full recovery from an Acronis image. First, if your system is still bootable you can start it from within Windows and it will restart to run the recovery. Second, if your system has become unbootable, is to boot from an Acronis bootable cd which you create from withing the tools of the Acronis installation. Either way it will recover your full system drive at a stroke in about 20 minutes. On the MS front - I have been of the opinion for many years that the operating system should be just that and utility programs such as backups should be separate. Microsoft and Acronis each have years of experience in their respective areas and they should each focus on them.