kiwijunglist: vista ultimate includes something even more powerful that system restore.
it includes something that allows you to do a backup image of the system drive, similar to the above programs.
however i have never used it myself, but google is your friend.
Thanks for the tip! You may have saved me some $$$.
I've done a bit of research on the Internet and people are saying pretty favourable things about Vista Complete PC Backup.
Anyone out there want to scare me off using it before I take the plunge? Any war stories?