I know my questions of late may make me sound like a complete novice, however, what I am is more indecisive, irresolute.
I know how to do a google, or in your case bing search. what i am looking for is a more general consensus of opinion. I remember what you said about free software and was looking for a more concise answer. Also, since i know you will get this, can you recommend a good backup program, again, free is not a necessity.
Hello again Erik ! I have seen many posts on this forum, recommending Macrium as a very good backup software. (Free version also)http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Personally, I have been using Acronis Backup since early XP days, and it has saved me a couple of times when Windows restore could not, with their PFKEY restore option which kicks in before Windows begins to load.