True Image (I use it) is an excellent application it is not for the faint of heart. It assumes that your knowledge is at least intermediate. What it is telling you to do is change the "boot sequence" so that it will go to the CD drive first, before going to the hard drive when loading Windows. You navigate through the "Setup" program (BIOS) by the up/down/sidways arrows. You also use the (F)unction keys for save/exit etc. Highlight the "Boot" header and press <Enter>. Near the top you will see the area where you can change the boot sequence. Usually, you will have three choices: floppy; cd rom and hard drive. Just keep toggling until the cd rom is first. Place the cd in the tray and save/exit. The PC will now boot from the cd and you're on your way to restoring your system.
I'm not sure what you're trying to say for the second part but... sounds like a little more reading is in order. And hey, play around with it..try different kinds of backups..incremental...clone..etc..etc. You'll get the hang of it.. I did.
and life goes on...
after some difficulty i was able to download product from newegg ( saved money thanks to discussion here).
have created image on maxtor external usb hard drive attached to dell dimension (bought in 05 running windows xp home using ie 6).
after making a bootable disk. it said i needed to enable boot from cd in BIOS. First entering BIOS makes me nervous, second i really couldnt understand exactly what to do. it seemed to be talking about creating an order from which machine should boot. but i couldnt figure out what the order should be. as the discussion then changed to difference between machines, and specifically mentioned dell.
second issue. when i went to see that everything was on the external drive it says it is there listing space it takes but when i tried to get in it said creating virtual letter for drive unsuccessful.
so i couldnt get in to see if the content is really there.
how do i tell if this will work when needed?
this is a new area for me so i would appreciate very simplistic directions.
thank you in advance for any assistance.
if i have omitted any info necessary for a reply , please let me know.
trying to make sure i can ''take it with me'' in case the next hurricane hits.