Thank you for your swift replies. You guys provide an invaluable service on this forum and I really appreciate it. I'll try not to be one of those who disappears and never posts again after finding the solution to his problem; hopefully I can stick around and help impart some knowledge on another ignorant fool.
Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122
The short answer to both question is yes.
There are several tutorials on those topics on this site.
Yes, I read into some of the tutorials before posting -- but there are so many buzz words and terminology and different variables to consider that my head gets fuzzy. Anyway, I think I found a suitable tutorial and I will continue my questioning in that thread. Thanks for the welcome.
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Even better, never reinstall again by making a backup image in Windows 7 Backup center, stored externally, which can reimage the HDD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes from the Installer's Repair console.
Wow, thanks for the tip gregrocker! So just to get this straight, I can restore the image without going through a normal Windows "installation" process? If so, that is amazingly useful. I'm tempted to create a seperate partition just for that backup image.