Well ladies and gentlemen, I am back up and rocking although my method was certainly the exception and not the rule. I consider myself highly fortunate in the regard that I had my old hard drive, the one from which the original image was captured and then transplanted to my new hard drive.
I retrieved the old hard drive, installed it in an old laptop - hooked up my external and ran a new backup image (Or 2nd copy as it were).
Here's where things get a bit strange:
When I went back to my primary machine and ran the Microsoft Restore application, VIOLA! it immediately recognized not only this latest back-up, but also the old back-up (the one which I was originally attempting to install), and the "trick" back-up I ran yesterday.
The stranger part is that these were in exactly the same root folders which Windows had previously deposited them (F:\WindowsBackUpImage) so again, I cannot understand why Windows was unable to recognize the VHD and continually asked me to install a driver.
Be that as it may, I learned a valuable lesson the last 72 hours and will NEVER trust my back-up to Microsoft's Imagining Software ever again.